Cheers to my first actual education post in forev.
I’ve held back a bit with school stuff lately, and I think it’s a mix of things. For one, I’m missing my old school tremendously. I’m missing my students, my teacher friends, my classroom, my I-know-what-I’m-doing feeling, etc. etc. etc. Teaching seniors drove me nuts, but I absolutely loved them. And I miss them.
And I know I’ll love my freshmen too; it has just been a bit of an adjustment as far as procedures, expectations, timing, etc. goes. I’m getting there! :)
Anyway, our overarching theme for the year is identity so I decided to kick that off with a class wide personality assessment and discussion. PLUS I want to get to know my students more individually—I have so many more students this year (6 sections!) and I feel like this was a great avenue to accomplish that.
I used the True Colors framework, but I know there are so many others (the Personality Compass for example). We started class with a journal prompt asking where we get our unique personalities/identities from and followed it up with a class discussion (SO good. Like SO many good ideas).
Then we worked through a True Colors personality assessment, and when students were finished they were able to come up with their own unique “color spectrum” illustrating their personality make up. There are four colors: blue (warm fuzzy emotional compassionate), gold (traditional organized procedural rules), orange (spontaneous attention loving active competitive), and green (analytic logical curious thinker). Students order their colors from “brightest” to “weakest” and that gives them their personality spectrum.
I gave each student a sticky note and asked them to write their names and place their color spectrum right under it. I then had them stick their notes around the room under their primary color so we could see the personality make up of class!
We ran out of time, but tomorrow we’re going to discuss and work though what traits, strengths, and weaknesses each color brings to the classroom and how each color can best contribute. I’m excited! They were sooooooo into it and I really feel like I was able to make a lot of connections with a lot of students.
I can see this carrying over throughout the semester, like having students hypothetically work through the assessment as literary characters, authors, historical figures, etc.
So here’s to good weeks! Cheers!