How the Enneagram Can Be a Powerful Teaching Tool with Kirsten Hammond


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Today’s episode is on a topic that’s gaining popularity amongst everyone, which is the Enneagram test. This personality theory helps determine certain characteristics based on a variety of factors. And while it’s good to be self-aware, this information can be beneficial in the classroom. My guest today, Kirsten Hammond, is sharing how the Enneagram test can be a powerful teaching tool.

For those that are unaware, Kirsten first gives a brief overview of the Enneagram test and outlines the nine different primary personality types. From there, she explains how it can be used to differentiate and support different learning experiences in the classroom. This includes tailoring your lessons, how students process information, and ways students can showcase their learning to meet the needs of each student. 

Having students take the Enneagram test helps you determine how best to support your students academically and emotionally. Kirsten shared so many useful ways to bring the Enneagram test into your classroom, and just like me, you’ll gain so many ideas on how to utilize it with your own students!

In this episode on ways the Enneagram test can be used in the classroom, we share:
  • Kirsten gives an overview of each personality type and how to relate each type to students in the classroom
  • Why it’s important for students to start reflecting on their personality and how they learn best
  • Ways for students to share with their teacher and classmates about their personality types
  • How knowing their personality types can differentiate your content and learning environment
  • Kirsten shares ways to use the results throughout the year and the best time for students to take it
  • Benefits to using this approach with grade level teams and other faculty in the school
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Meet Kirsten Hammond:

Kirsten Hammond is a Texas educator and mom of 3 who taught in the classroom for over 8 years. She has a B.S. in Psychology and M.Ed in Elementary Education. She is also certified in Early Childhood-6th grade, English as a Second Language, and Gifted and Talented. She spent most of her career teaching upper elementary ELA and Social Studies. Kirsten is currently a work-from-home mom who has a passion for sharing and creating ELA/SS resources that are fun and engaging for students and easy to prep and implement for teachers. She loves coffee, Tex-Mex, running, and TLC reality shows.

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Do you find yourself seeking new ideas when it comes to literacy instruction in elementary classrooms? The Literacy Dive Podcast was created to offer actionable steps and to share information for teachers, like you, who are always looking to improve their craft! ELA is our jam and we are excited to dive into all things reading and writing with you!

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