“Why am I such a strong advocate of PCM for educators, youth who are perceived as troubled or troubling, or, for that matter, any person who is on a journey to psychological well being?It is because I have seen it work wonders in diverse arenas.... I am a much better teacher... as a consequence of PCM.I no longer judge students as wrong or contrary for the way in which they express their distress and the way they experience and react to the world when they “go to their personal basements.”
Process Communication Model Matching Instruction to Personality Types
Background of PCM Developed by Taibi Kahler, PhD Used by psychiatrists/psychologists Used by NASA Adapted by Joseph and Judith Pauley to advocate for daughter with special needs
Intro 6 different personality types 6 different ways people communicate 6 different ways people are motivated 6 different ways people exhibit distress
The Six Personality Types Reactors Workaholics Persisters Dreamers Rebels Promoters
All of us have developed all 6 personalities E.g., Adult with: Base = Persister Well developed Workaholic Fairly well developed Reactor Not well developed Promoter Not well developed Dreamer Poorly developed Rebel
All of us have developed all 6 personalities E.g., Adult with: Base = Persister Well developed Workaholic Fairly well developed Reactor Not well developed Promoter Not well developed Dreamer Poorly developed Rebelmeets REBEL Student!!!!
Preferred Channels of Communication Directive Requestive Nurturative Emotive
What can you do? Listen and accept Tailor instruction time to individual personality Advocate Teach students to recognize distress and express needs
Your Turn If available, choose one personality type. Read “A Student’s Story” Which qualities do you strongly identify with? Clash with? Does the story remind you of any student(s) you have taught in the past? Read “A Teacher’s Story” What were the personalities involved? What cause the student distress? How did the teacher respond initially? How did the teacher resolve the miscommunication?
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