If you missed the previous posts or only read the emailed versions (that I rewrote the next day) go HERE.
Now you should have a pretty good idea of which two functions are in your front seats. Just as a check, it should be one info-gatherer (S or N) and one decider (T or F). Also, one will be an “i” function and one will be an “e.”
- I am Ni/Se and Te/Fi. My Ni and Te are in the front seats.
- My husband is Ni/Se and Te/Fi, but his Se and Fi are in the front seats.
- My good friend is Si/Ne and Ti/Fe. Her Si and Fe are in the front.
- Her husband is Si/Ne and Ti/Fe, but his Ne and Ti are in the front seats.
Let’s put it all together.
Whoever your front-seat processes are should be represented in how you plan and teach. If the teacher’s manual doesn’t speak to one or both of your front-seat processes, you will need to adapt it to be comfortable.
Let’s review them:
- Ni is all about perspectives, abstracts, and future plans. Ni wants to know how this curriculum/lesson fits into the larger scope of the universe and the child’s future.
- Ne is all about generating and exploring new ideas. Ne wants out of the box thinking exercises, opportunities to make connections between the lessons and other fields like fiction or music.
- Si is all about memory, observations, and what works. Si wants tried-and-true lessons, a recipe that works every time.
- Se wants to live in the moment. Se wants to taste, touch, and feel, multi-sensory lessons that he can adapt in the moment.
- Ti is all about his own network of mental facts. Ti wants accuracy. All new material must make its case completely and without contradiction before acceptance.
- Te is all about external measurement. Te wants charts, graphs, and most importantly, a way to track progress and effectiveness.
- Fi is all about being true to his internal value system. Fi wants to do what is right for the individual child, with or without the child’s agreement.
- Fe is all about harmony and cooperation. Fe wants a curriculum that gets the child to participate without conflict.
Pick your front seat processes and you’ll know what you need…
I have Ni and Te in the front seat. If I grab the underlined parts above from those two lines, I get…
- how this curriculum/lesson fits into the larger scope of the universe and the child’s future
- charts, graphs, and most importantly, a way to track progress and effectiveness
If a guide or curriculum doesn’t have these features, then I have to MAKE them. (Witness my whole website, yo.) Otherwise, I’m blinded.
This is why I have to buy the teacher’s manuals all the time. I need the charts and pacing guides. Not that I follow them, but to make good choices, I always need to know where I am in relation to the measuring stick. My front seat Ni is why I often need to hear the author talk or read his articles. I need to sit in his head and see the world from his perspective. I need to tease out the universals and principles and let that percolate in my head. Instructions are meaningless to me without long range perspective and a reliable measuring stick.
What are your two must-haves?