If you already “know” your MBTI letters, here’s the shortcut to your processes (front seats are bolded):
NTP – Ne-Ti-Fe-Si
NTJ – Te-Ni-Se-Fi
NFJ – Fe-Ni-Se-Ti
NFP – Ne-Fi-Te-Si
STJ – Te-Si-Ne-Fi
STP – Se-Ti-Fe-Ni
SFJ – Fe-Si-Ne-Ti
SFP – Se-Fi-Te-Ni
Tired by not impossible
If a curriculum relies on your backseat processes, it will be EXHAUSTING. That’s better than relying on processes that aren’t even in your car. Those are FOREIGN. So, looking at you backseat processes will tell you a lot about why some curriculum is doable for you, but you eventually give out.
My husband is an NFP. He has Te and Ni in the back seat. He used to be a public school math teacher. Then the standards got tighter and tighter and more and more often tested and tested and measured….flop. He gave out. There was so much red tape and measuring all the time. He could do it, but not forever. Not as his main thing. Once it became the main thing…his was on borrowed time.
I have Se in the back seat. I enjoy a good wine or steak as much as any other Se, but if my curriculum is one long string of “experiences,” I’m going to wear out. Smell this, taste that, listen to this. I can do it. It’s in my car, but it’s exhausting as my main thing.
So that’s the next layer. Look at curriculum through the “main thing” lens. That is going to tell you a lot. Not just if it’s impossible for you, but if particular aspects of it are going to WEAR on you after a while. Can they be scaled back? Minimized? No? Pour yourself a LOT of coffee then. You’re going to need it.
Not tired, but a bit winded…
NTP’s have Ne and Ti in the front seat. However, only one holds the wheel, right? ONE of your front seat processes is EFFORTLESS. The other takes “some” work. It’s not EXHAUSTING, like your back-seaters or FOREIGN like the processes outside your car, but it isn’t effortless.
- If you’re an introvert, your front seat “i” process is the driver.
- If you’re an extrovert, your front seat “e” process is the driver.
That means if a situation relies heavily on your driver process, it’s going to be butter. If it relies heavily on your second, it will be a “growth” experience for you. It will take some effort. Not horrible amounts of effort, but some effort none-the-less. That’s why introverts get tired in public. They get weird if they’re out in public for way too long. Extroverts get “down” or tired if they’re shut in. If they’re shut-in for WAY TOO LONG, they get weird. Using your secondary process takes some energy. Being deprived of your primary process for extended periods makes you…weird.
What about the J/P?
Like Introvert/Extrovert, this doesn’t have a massive influence on your teaching. It may have a lot to do with how you schedule, but curriculum is what it is. Love it or hate it, math gets done.
But for your edification, let’s touch on it. Very simply…
- J’s work before play. Or more correctly, J’s CANNOT RELAX until the work is done.
- P’s play before work. They do lots of unstructured unwinding to “gear up” for work.
P’s say things like, “I haven’t had a day off in….” J’s don’t have days off. Do nothing? We start to lose track of who we are without getting “something” done.
- P’s get weird if they’re “on” too many days in the row.
- J’s get weird if they’re “not on” for too many days in a row.
Imagine being on a boat to Australia with nothing to do all day for a month. What do you turn into? The happiest clam on earth or are you restless and starting to feel your life is a little “pointless”? That’s J/P. It’s why when you come home from that trip, one spouse immediately starts the laundry and puts the suitcases away, while the other plops down on the couch for an hour. Can you see that fight brewing?
So, if there is a curriculum application, I would think that a P would do better with a curriculum that adapts well to their feast-or-famine style of working. J’s do better with consistency. I don’t know any feast-or-famine curricula. Do you?