Friday, January 11 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Being 'The Grown Up' and 'Knowing Your Buttons' (325)

Sign up or log in to save this to your schedule and see who's attending!

Feedback form is now closed.
The enneagram personality typology sees personalities as human survival strategies. Understanding why we react the way we do - what our 'buttons' are - is the first step to ‘being the grown-up’.  This session will describe the rationale behind the enneagram and introduce participants to salient features of its nine personality types.  There will be handouts to enable participants to begin to explore their personality, its 'buttons',  how it reacts to stress, and how adapting one's approach may defuse tensions.  Along the way, participants will be able to consider how the differing personalities of their students may affect the way they interact in the classroom and with their teacher.

About Compassionate Learning    (www.compassionatelearning.org)  We all yearn to be understood.  Some young people voice their unhappiness that their teacher does not understand them.  Others may not say anything, but the joyful open face shows you how pleased they are when they feel that YOU have understood them.
In his book Classroom Behaviour  Bill Rogers wrote, “When I used to ask our own children, “What was maths (or French, or history) like today?”, sometimes they would talk about the subject matter, but more often they talked about the kind of teacher they had and what happened in the relational dynamics of the classroom.  Our children quickly “sorted out” which teachers could manage which classes (and why); which teachers taught well (and interestingly); which were fair and considerate; and which were normally patient, had a sense of humour and, above all, cared.”  (4th ed, 2015 p31)
Although we all acknowledge that people have different personalities, we tend to treat the thirty or so students in our classes as if they have identical personalities, probably loosely based on one’s own.  Sometimes the response surprises and may even hurt us:  chances are the student concerned has a personality with a different driver, motivation, and coping strategy.
The enneagram is a way of understanding personalities which begins with a person’s drivers – what their unspoken and often unconscious concerns are – and the fundamental strategies they have gradually developed in order to cope with these concerns.
In his book How Children Fail, John Holt observed, "Strategy is the outgrowth of character.  Children use the strategies they do because of the way they feel, the expectations they have of the universe, the way they evaluate themselves, the classroom, and the demands made on them".
The enneagram is a valuable emotional intelligence toolkit for understanding students in the classroom.  Many  students find school a stressful place, and in this crucible their strategies become very apparent.  The enneagram personality typology can enable one not only to spot those strategies, but also to better understand the underlying drivers and motivations which have moulded those strategies.
Use the enneagram to explore how your personality affects the way you teach, how your students’ personalities affect the ways in which they learn and interact in the classroom, and learn how to communicate in a more meaningful way with those whose personalities differ from your own……

avatar for Dr Neil Ingram

Dr Neil Ingram

University of Bristol
I am a biologist, interested in what children really need to know about genetics to be citizens of a genomic world. I am a teacher educator, interested in the delights and pitfalls of learning to teach, especially on PGCE courses. I am interested in the use of ICT in schools, sociology... Read More →
avatar for Jane Still

Jane Still

consultant, Compassionate Learning
My degree was in ecological biology so I have always been fascinated by how living things interact with each other and with their environment. I trained as a secondary school science teacher and during the thirty years since I have notched up a huge variety of teaching experiences... Read More →

Friday January 11, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Murray Learning Centre UG05
  • Target Phase All