Psychological/Behavioral Profile

For me, the foundation of how I deal with students in the classroom is expectations. Based on their condition when they begin the class, I will naturally create some expectations for what and how they will do in the future. I invest myself in helping them to meet those expectations and show them my disappointment if they do not. This is based on my idea that students long to reach their own potential, which is made of their strengths, but are held back by their own weaknesses. For myself, I make sure to use patience, encouragement, a sense of humor, and efficient class time to push them toward their potential. [Here is my teaching methodology to be included in training, based on what I do naturally.] For the students, it is not only about their knowledge, but in their acquisition of that knowledge (the speed, integrity and attitude with which they learn) [Need to map out a chart of sorts based on ideal means: students can be —, and beyond that also behavioral or personality tendencies (are they too self-centered, too others-centered, too active, too passive, too fast and likely to miss sth [shallow learning, skimming; ends up far with little depth or long-term memorability], too slow and likely to leave a lot of knowledge half-learned before they move on and forget [too deep and can’t move on, like one stuck in the mud], etc.).

These all need to be integrated.

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General Teaching Methods:
Based on my natural talents and abilities. [I make sure to use patience, encouragement, a sense of humor, and efficient class time to push them toward their potential.]
References to past classroom management theories.

Their Profile:
– Their potential is THEIR STRENGTHS. This includes their natural capabilities [look to business perhaps for this, try to synthesize with other things as well; but this is never meant to be over-analyzed; we are educators, not gurus or fortune tellers—we will offer simple resources for self-assessment] as well as their skills. [hobbies or focuses of any sort] Their obstacles are THEIR WEAKNESSES. Our main goal is to remove obstacles and exercise their strengths.

  • Could I find something really catchy here? Perhaps the idea that this follows the same principles as ANALYSIS does and find some examples of wildly successful people that everyone is familiar with to back up that this is the key to all success in the world—defining success simply as reaching goals but using examples that also involve financial success so that others are attracted to it and understand it more closely, like Jesus did with his anecdotes and parables for those in his time.

– The most important focus here will not be THEIR STRENGTHS but THEIR WEAKNESSES. I call them obstacles, as they are nothing but areas where the walls need to be broken down before their natural momentum is free to carry them forward (or upward). This leads us to the center of the two circles…
– Defining their potential/strengths and obstacles/weaknesses: This is where my Principles theory comes in, that in every classic canon or text there exists basic principles that at their core are all leading us toward the same truth, and that to align ourselves with that truth is also to reach further fulfillment and success in our lives. Here are the basic tenets of my personal theory regarding this:

  • LOVE and TRUTH are synonymous with GOD as well as other timeless words like ULTIMATE, SUPREME, etc.
  • They exist at the CENTER of everything—an infinitesimal point that cannot be defined. (Faith is what has caused me to proceed consistently TOWARD the center as opposed to AWAY from the center, although admittedly I have taken many sidesteps; however, I never cease to return to my original direction toward the center.)
  • Reaching the center of everything involves BALANCE, as every trait becomes “sinful” or detrimental if it is taken to its natural extreme. [Here is where astrology proves useful, so I need to first make a list of the traits/aspects of life related to each sign, then I will try to prove that the “sins” in the Bible that are detrimental to us are the same as the imbalances that exist in the signs. The qualities we lack lead us to sin; our redeeming qualities are those which are relief for the opposing sign’s negative qualities (Are those negative qualities just good qualities taken to extremes?) are just imbalances and use astrology to prove the point—perhaps one sign’s good qualities taken to extremes leads him to realize sin in himself, while his negative qualities are just lacking qualities that allow us to realize the sins of others and suffer?]
  • Certain traits do not exist in the outer circle, but rather only at the center: LOVE & TRUTH (these two are sufficient for me [1 Corinthians 13:13]) while others do not exist at any ONE point but rather like water carry us toward that center: FAITH and HOPE. (I don’t know if God is all of it or just at the center; it begs the age-old question of how God could “cover” or “include” any are within which exists sin or weakness. Tolstoy’s thinking is sufficient for me in this regard, and that is that FAITH is the only connection we have with any of these qualities that are synonymous with God: GOODNESS, TRUTH, BEAUTY, LOVE, and so where reason fails us we can continue to support ourselves on a foundation of faith [1 Corinthians 13:8-12]—I will think of some analogies and/or think through this more in the future.)
  • Balancing one’s self and learning about the truth is the same as seeking truth, which is the same as seeking God and Love (the only true love that one can find exists at this center, thus the verse that God is Love [1 John 4:8]).

Reaching Their Potential:
– This goes back to the first sentence I mentioned in this post: [the foundation of how I deal with students in the classroom is expectations. Based on their condition when they begin the class, I will naturally create some expectations for what and how they will do in the future. I invest myself in helping them to meet those expectations and show them my disappointment if they do not.] I need to develop this theory based on other theories as well as my own thoughts more consummate.
This will be included in the training.