Does Your Enneagram Type Match Your Teaching Style?
Posted October 28, 2021
How would you describe your personality outside the classroom?
How would you describe your personality inside the classroom?
Pick the one word that best matches your classroom management strategy.
Which movie are you most likely to watch?
Which of these skills do you think is most important?
Which best describes the way you interact with others?
Choose the subject you like to teach most.
What stresses you out?
Of the following options, what do you love most about teaching?
Does Your Enneagram Type Match Your Teaching Style?
Type 1: The Reformer
The Reformer enters the classroom with a balanced mix of principles and perfectionism. Do you approach classroom management with both logic and innovation? Are you simultaneously great at teaching math and facilitating conflict resolution? Do you juggle torches while performing lunchroom duty?
If that description sounds familiar, we recommend this course: Let’s Play! Creating a Playful Classroom. Perfectionism and principles are prime personality paragons, but so is play. Watch what academic magic unfolds when the Reformer Teacher creates a playful classroom.
Type 2: The Helper
Caring and generous to a fault, the Helper is a people-pleaser who puts love and goodness into the world. If it’s not too much to ask, wouldn’t it be nice to get some of that humanity in return? Nevertheless, since you approach classroom management with a focus on student advocacy, you always do right by the kids.
If that description sounds familiar, we recommend this course: Self-Care Strategies for Teachers. Teaching is among the most stressful careers you can pursue because it requires you to manage others’ feelings and behaviors all day. From safety concerns to troubled students, you often face high-stress situations that can leave you feeling beat up and uninspired. Learn how to heal.
Type 3: The Achiever
The Achiever is a problem solver who adapts and excels in the most difficult situations. As a teacher, you focus on impactful pedagogy that drives student success forward with perpetual momentum. Do your colleagues label you pragmatic? Do you have no problem finding motivation?
If that description sounds familiar, we recommend this course: Designing Blended Learning for Student Engagement and Achievement. In this course, you will learn how to integrate blended learning into your classroom to increase student engagement and achievement, differentiate instruction, and connect students to meaningful, community-driven learning experiences.
Type 4: The Individualist
They call you independent. They call you withdrawn. They may (falsely or not) label you a loner. As a teacher, the Individualist takes the lead in their own lesson planning, classroom activities, and growth. Hey, whatever works, right?
If that description sounds familiar, we recommend this course: Cultivating Student-Centered Classrooms. In this course, you will develop strategies to help students become independent learners who can create, explore, discover, problem solve, and innovate—all valuable skills they will need to thrive in college and careers.
Type 5: The Investigator
If they dressed the part, the Investigator would sport a fedora and trench coat. Maybe you don’t look like the teacher version of Inspector Gadget or Humphrey Bogart, but you nevertheless spend a lot of your time investigating. Investigating what, exactly? Well, that’s easy—you’re looking into why your kiddos scored the way they did on a test. Or you’re sleuthing some new and improved classroom activities.
If that description sounds familiar, we recommend this course: Teaching Scientific Argumentation and Critical Thinking. By the end of the course, you will incorporate case studies and argumentation into science instruction in a way that teaches critical thinking and deepens scientific understanding.
Type 6: The Loyalist
Ah, the Loyalist. You are committed to the responsibility of teaching. You hold yourself responsible for your students’ behaviors and academic outcomes. In that regard, perhaps, you’re not always so easy on yourself. In fact, you’ve got standards that may or may not stress you out a bit. Have you heard any of this before?
If that description sounds familiar, we recommend this course: Self-Care Strategies for Teachers. The Loyalist teacher tends to place heightened emphasis on their own performance, which sometimes leads to unfair self-criticism. With the right self-care strategies, you’ll tap into your fullest potential.
Type 7: The Enthusiast
The Enthusiast is a fun-loving, versatile teacher who gets along with just about anybody who isn’t a total meanie-head. Any charges of nonchalance are really code for a sense of humor, but that doesn’t mean you’re not dead serious about impactful pedagogy. After all, this personality archetype is all about dedication to subject matter.
The Challenger is not exactly a status-quo kind of person. These teachers are willful and decisive, unafraid to confront an issue with directness and confidence. Obstacles, schmobstacles, right?
If that description sounds familiar, we recommend this course: Reaching and Teaching Gifted Students in the Regular Classroom. In this course, you’ll participate in practical exercises to modify your activities and differentiate your instruction to motivate and energize your gifted students. Let’s keep them moving up and up.
Type 9: The Peacemaker
Aren’t you just the nicest person? The Peacemaker is receptive and reassuring to others, and if we’re being honest, sometimes agreeable to a fault. As a teacher, the Peacemaker provides a valuable asset in conflict resolution and matters that require social–emotional intelligence.
If that description sounds familiar, we recommend this course: Cultivating a Supportive Classroom Environment: Prioritizing Safe Learning. In this course, you’ll reflect on your teaching methods and share best practices with fellow educators, and you’ll learn how to help your students self-identify and self-manage their emotions, develop social awareness, collaborate, and interact positively with others.
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