We are exploring using the four colors model of personality types as a tool to help both teachers and students understand how developing a better understanding of our individual strengths and weaknesses helps us to collaborate more effectively.
- 4 corners of the room were designated as an area for a specific personality color (Gold, Orange, Green, or Blue).
- After examining the list of traits, we determined which color was most like us. We met with others in the same color corner, and discussed how the strengths and weaknesses of this color's traits.
- Next we were asked to regroup according to the color scheme that we felt was the 2nd most representative of us, and discuss strengths and weaknesses of these traits as before.
- Finally we were asked to move to the color scheme that least represented us. Instead of discussing the traits, we just silently observed the distribution of our least representative colors in the whole room.
- Participants could see the process as a useful collaborative tool, because the color system is a visual, non judgmental way to become more aware of the diversity of personalities in a group.
- We discussed ways to adapt the color system to make it more feasible in our classrooms, such as by simplifying the number of traits and vocabulary, and by choosing animals or characters from literature as visual representations of the color traits.
- For next week, we hope to bring in artifacts that explore how we will increase awareness of individual differences in our own classrooms.
To learn more about the color exercises click HERE