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As a newspaper columnist, Nancy Devlin, Ph.D. has written over 700 articles on subjects related to education and parenting. Welcome to her Classroom!

Temperaments and Learning Style

The last two weeks we discussed four general temperaments, what they are, how to discipline and now let’ s talk about these general temperaments and their learning styles.

The Sensing Perceptive temperament is fun-loving and daring.  They are not particularly interested in intellectual matters.  For them, the joy is in the doing and the important moment is now.  They learn best from action and hands-on experience.

The Sensing Judging temperament is conscientious and responsible.  They thrive on structure and predictability.  They often form good study habits and memorize well.  They learn best when material is presented step by step and when they have time to plan and prepare.

The Intuitive Thinking temperament is curious and analytical.  These serious little scientists want to understand how the universe operates.  They learn best when they have a problem to solve or when the teacher provides concise, well-reasoned explanations.

The Intuitive Feeling temperament is insightful and person-oriented.  They want what they learn to make a difference.  Often skilled communicators, they learn best when they believe in what they are doing and when they feel warmth and caring in the classroom.

The important thing to remember is that individual differences in type and temperament are normal.  Children are sometimes made to feel abnormal if their temperaments are different from their parents or teachers.  These children may develop low self-esteem because they feel flawed and as a result they are not encouraged and may not reach their full potential.  One of our goals, therefore, is to begin to understand and to respect the differences and uniqueness of everyone.

Love your children.

It is hard to believe, that it is August already.  I hope you have enjoyed the summer with your children.  Next week we will talk about preparing yourself and your children for the new school year.

 

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