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Personalities for Educators Paperback – July 24, 2015
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The single most important thing for any teacher is to be able to connect with EVERY student that enters the classroom. The million-dollar question is: How do I effectively meet the needs of every child? This quick read provides a practical approach with strategies teachers can immediately employ in the classroom. --Traci Davis, Superintendent for Washoe County School District
We ve all been there: knowing that something is off with your interaction with colleagues, but you can t put your finger on it. Now you can! This effective guide helped me size up my personality and those I work with quickly, leading to better communication and collaboration. --Kimber Graham, Au.D., Educational Audiologist
Kevin and Vickie s blend of psychological insight and practical educational experience make Personalities for Educators a practical guide for improving relationships in the schools. --Michael Holt, Assistant Principal, Einstein Middle School
About the Author
Vickie Musni, Certified Personality Trainer and former teacher, has teamed up with her brother, Kevin Burrill, to create Personalities for Educators. Between them they have over 30 years of experience working with students between pre-K and young adult in both traditional classroom settings, as well as other learning environments. Kevin has been a middle school teacher in Sacramento for 10 years and has a Masters degree in curriculum and education. Vickie regularly shares the message of personalities with educators with other professionals locally, nationally and internationally.
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This is by far one of my favorite books. Perhaps it's because Kevin Burrill rounds out some of the rough edges from the prior book (there weren't many), or maybe I relate better to classrooms full of kids than a conference room of business coworkers (I'm a solopreneur), but I found myself more entertained and engrossed in the "Personalities for Educators" rendition.
I've always been fascinated with influence, and discovering someone else's personality is part of that. It's a very quick read (even for an easily distracted "green" like me). Most should be done with the book in less than an hour. The content, however, is easily applied, and easily referenced because it's such a short read. You'll be taking back control of your classrooms, diffusing difficult situations, and looking like a rockstar parent/teacher/student negotiator in no time!
The use of personal stories kept me interested. I also found it to be very helpful how the two authors broke up their own stories by writing (Kevin) or (Vickie). In a few instances, they gave examples and then pointed to a reference publication for further reading. I liked this because it kept their book concise, but also showed me where to go if I wanted more information. Overall, I feel more confident in being able to deal with different personality types. This tool will be something I refer back to in the future. Well done!
Having been a student in Kevin Burill's classroom I have experienced his use of these tools first hand. I may not have known then that he was catering to our own unique personality blends but reflecting back it truly made the difference. I always felt heard and appreciated and as a red that is key to helping me learn and feel at ease. Mr. Burill may have said he was a yellow but he channeled enough red to make his classroom feel orderly and controlled, which in turn gained my respect and cooperation(most days, but it's middle school). I'm grateful to have had a teacher who so dutifully executed his job, and made the effort to hear us at a time in our lives when it can so easily feel no one is listening.
This book is direct and engaging in message, effective in communication of material, and short enough that we can all squeeze it into our busy lives. Which I highly encourage all of you reading this to do.
I was wrong. And I don't admit that frequently.
The book is well written, concise, and gets to the point quickly. Reading through I was able to pinpoint why I had struggled in some classrooms and was so successful in others. Granted I'm a few years outside of a classroom, but the concepts hold true for those of us no longer in a classroom. Using this book I've been able to make some educated guesses as to the personality types of my family, friends, and coworkers, as well as myself. More importantly though I've begun to develop better communication strategies with each of them.
In full disclosure I did receive a copy in return for an honest review - however also in full disclosure I will be purchasing several copies for my teacher friends. It is truly that useful.
The authors provided examples of how they have changed (even little) things up for different personalities, which I found to be very helpful. For myself, working in a kindergarten setting, my goal is to make the children’s first ‘school’ experience a positive one. There are some strategies that both Vickie and Kevin pointed out that I certainly look forward to trying.
This is definitely a book that I would pass on to others, and would encourage all individuals in the teaching profession to read.