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Teaching any student can be a challenge. Institutional settings choose an approach that works for the masses while those of us who homeschool have the ability to tailor things for our child’s interests and strengths. However, it can be challenging to determine just what the best approach will be without a lot of trial and error. Thanks to the opportunity to review Student Strengths Report (an online survey) with PeopleKeys I am optimistic that my eldest son and I can find ways to improve his final years as a homeschool student.
About the Student Strengths Report from PeopleKeys
PeopleKeys is provides assessments to a variety of organizations which help to unlock human potential. They developed their system while drawing from more than 25 years of experience in the personality assessment area. DISCInsights (Powered by PeopleKeys®) is an online store for administering and selling paper editions of several different assessments. The ultimate goal, whether for an organization or within an educational setting, is to unlock human potential by increasing understanding and communication between people.
Three unique assessments (DISC Personality Style, Perceptual Learning Style, Cognitive Thinking Style) are used for the StudentKeys Student Strengths Report ($20 for one.) After completing a short, online survey, the answers are used to generate the report which presents the student, parent or teacher with the unique personality strengths, learning styles and thinking preferences. Once ‘uncovered’, this information can be applied to everyday communication and learning situations.
What you will get with the Student Strengths Report:
- Introduction – why learning styles are important
- Perceptual Style – how you absorb information
- Learning Tips – based on your style
- Cognitive Style – how you process information
- How you Think – capitalizing on your strengths
- Personality Style – strengths and limitations
- Communication – improve and strengthen relationships
- Action Plan – applying what you have learned
My Thoughts on the Student Strengths Report
Administering the online assessment was rather simple. I did the logging into the system and then turned the laptop over to my teenager to answer the questions presented to him. He did complain a little about the types of questions being asked, but finally selected what he felt best described him. It took him maybe 15 minutes to work through the questions for the Student Strengths Report.
Within moments of submitting his answers, we were presented with a 34 page document which serves as the report. There are several areas covered in the material as mentioned in the description above. The big question I was left with is what to do with the results we were sent.
There’s a LOT of information in the report and it is not something I felt you could glance through, have an ‘a-ha’ moment and then magically make changes to see an improvement in the child’s learning and interpersonal relationships. They do provide a fair amount of background for each measure given (e.g. the DISC, what it is and overviews of each personality style.)
In some ways, this report showed me how much P has in common with either his dad or me. P’s overall personality style is precisionist. Reading through what that style is like just reinforced what I already knew or sensed about him. He’s never been keen on last minute changes and he loves to remind others of the rules. He also keeps things close, not revealing his feelings or beliefs easily. On the DISC spectrum, he’s a strong “C” personality which was not a huge surprise either.
Even though I wasn’t shocked by any of the results, I was still feeling a bit overwhelmed with the information and deciding how we can use it to improve his learning as well as relationships in and out of the family. I suspect it will be a long time before we see significant changes. His prominent auditory learning style goes a bit counter to the approach we’ve taken for most of his schooling in the past few years. While he can learn from reading, he needs to have those discussions or debates to really have the information stick. This is something that I need to work more towards doing with him, even if he shuns group work most of the time.
Overall, I was pleased with the process and report. Did I learn anything earth shattering about my son? Not really. But, I believe it can be a valuable learning experience for everyone, including him, as we try to adjust where we are able to set the stage for future success in life.
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