Teacher Blog

Blog Entry November 4, 2018:

Hi There!

Thank you for having a look at Coach Pat Weber’s National University Single Subject Social Science Teacher Credential Blog!  If all goes as planned, he will be Student Teaching in his local Vista Unified School District in the Spring of 2019.  His family heralds from the “Cradle of Coaches”, specifically the Midwest and Ohio region.  After founding the San Diego Surfing Academy in 1995, it was just a couple years later that Coach Pat had a memorable validation.   He recalls riding in the car with his mother, his father, and his wife and for the first time his father called him, “Coach”.  “It was like Lancelot being knighted by King Arthur!” says Pat.  “So this was about twenty years ago and I still get misty when I thing about it!”  At the age of 58 years young, he plans to round out a life well-lived by teaching our community’s high school youth about History, Surfing and Photography.

Coach Pat Weber, San Diego Surfing Academy
Coach Pat Weber of the San Diego Surfing Academy

When he took both the Kisa and the Steven Myer Personality Tests, they returned the same results within a few percentage points.  It was determined that he is ESFP or ESTP because for Thinking and Feeling he was 50/50. Extraverted was 79% over Introverted 21% (no surprise here).  Sensing and Intuitive were pretty close 55% versus 45%. Perceiving was 64% over Judging 36%.

The following comment made Coach Pat laugh out loud!  “Where’s the party?” ESFPs love people, excitement, telling stories and having fun. The spontaneous, impulsive nature of this type is almost always entertaining. And ESFPs love to entertain — on stage, at work, and/or at home. Social gatherings are an energy boost to these “people” people.”  (Butt, 2015).  According to Coach Pat, “This is all so true about me and I try to use these qualities to keep students engaged in whatever activity I have planned.”

More from Coach Pat, “As Extraverted Sensing, I employ all my senses to examine tangibles and I have a thirst for new experiences.  I think this will benefit my students in that I always try to keep things fresh and have a white hot attention span for new information.  I hope this is contagious.”

The Teaching Styles Assessment indicates equal strength across the board for Coach Pat.  This would mean he would be comfortable adapting his teaching style from teacher centric to student centric or from an expert to a facilitator depending on the composition of the learners in his classroom.

“I believe that my personality type had an impact on my choosing Social Science and Physical Education because I find both fun and interesting and that is what is most important to me,” says Coach Pat.  He adds, “I will simply walk away from subjects that do not engage me. I have always been competent with Science and Math but never found them too interesting compared to History.”

References

Butt, J. (2005). Kisa Tests. Retrieved from: http://kisa.ca/personality/results.php

Felder, R. Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire. Retrieved from: https://www.webtools.ncsu.edu/learningstyles/

Metarasa Personality Page. (2018).  Retrieved from: https://www.metarasa.com/mmdi/video/