“Here’s How to Reach Me” in Fifth Printing

“Here’s How To Reach Me: Matching Instruction To Personality Types In Your Classroom” is now in its fifth printing.  Brookes Publishing Co. of Baltimore, Maryland first published the book in 2002.  The book was written to enable educators and parents to individualize the way they communicate with and motivate their students/children and has been very well received.  Parents say that the book enables them to understand their children better and provides strategies that enable them to deal more effectively with their children when they are in distress.  Educators who apply the concepts in their classrooms/schools report greater student achievement and higher student, teacher, parent, and staff satisfaction, productivity and morale.

The book is divided into four parts.  Chapter 1 outlines the concepts of Dr. Taibi Kahler’s Process Communication Model.  Chapters 2-7 describe each of six distinct personality types and are divided into 4 parts.  The first part is a student’s story.  In this section, students of that type describe what a typical school day is like from their point of view from the time they get up in the morning until they go to bed at night.  6-10 students of each type were interviewed for that section of each chapter.  The next section is a third person account of each type based on the author’s research and that of other academicians.  The third section is a page of suggested activities teachers and parents can do to reach each type.  The final section is a teacher’s story.  In this section teachers tell what happened in their classroom when they used the concepts with students they were having difficulty reaching.

The third part is a chapter that ties the concepts of Process Communication to other pedagogical theories, i.e. learning styles, brain-based learning, multiple intelligences, etc.  The final three chapters are about dealing with people in distress.  Chapter 9 describes what each of the 6 personality types does in distress when they do not get their psychological/motivational needs met positively.  This chapter contains a page for each type that lists the distress behaviors in the upper half of the page and a list of suggested intervention activities that teachers and parents can use to invites students of that type out of distress.

Chapter 10 consists of several forms developed by the authors to help teachers and parents deal with students/children in distress.  This chapter includes a page of more than 100 Process Communication ways to praise a child based on their personality type.  Chapter 11 describes what teachers of each personality type do in the classroom when they are in distress.  The chapter also contains an action plan of activities for each personality type that teachers (or parents) of that type can do to keep themselves out of distress, or get themselves out of distress, if they find themselves doing any of the things in the chapter.

Superintendents have called the book eye opening.  Many teachers keep it on their desks and refer to it constantly.  Some have told the authors that they carry the book with them all the time.

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