Student personality profiles with PeopleKeys
Ever wish you could peek inside your child’s brain so you could see exactly what motivates them, and use it to influence their learning?Or maybe you’ve wondered why they always react the same way to a particular situation, and you’d really like to know how to get through it a bit more effectively? What path must your child take to become the very best that they can be – and what can you do to encourage it?
PeopleKeys has tools that enable you – and your child – the power to peek inside the traits that make them who they are. Crew members have been discovering the power of knowledge, and how it can make all the difference that matters in their relationships with those around them. We’ve been exploring a set called the StudentKeys Student Binder, a fairly complete personality profile that can be used by almost every member of the family.
What is included with StudentKeys?
The StudentKeys Student Binder contains six easy-to-use workbooks that allow students to understand their natural talents and inclinations. When students – and parents – adapt their environment to take advantage of their personal traits, success and satisfaction with their education often follow. ($49 for the entire student binder set, or $13 per individual book.)
The StudentKeys book range from 16 to 26 pages in length , and cover a diverse range of traits and preferences, including:
- In the Personality Style Workbook, students identify their own personality type and are introduced to the idea of personality types. By understanding variables in motivation and other personality characteristics, students complete this workbook with a plan of action for improving their relationships and communication with those around them.
- The primary task of the Perceptual Learning Style Workbook is to allow students to identify, understand, and effectively utilize their particular learning style(s). The method instruction is presented in can result in profound differences between students of similar capabilities, based on how well the learners to that style. When students are aware of the ways in which they learn best, they are more likely to adapt – and receive – direction that is appropriate for their needs.
- What about the ways in which a person naturally prefers to think? In the Cognitive Thinking Style Workbook, students learn to identify the four cognitive styles in an effort to better understand and apply their own preferences. Thinking style has an impact on everything from how a person relates to others to the effect various learning environments will have on them. Adopting study habits that facilitate their preferences can have a positive effect on grades and may even guide them in choosing career paths that most effectively use their traits.
- A person’s values impact their perception of the world and their place within it. Personal values affect every choice a person makes: friends, fun, work, interactions – every choice they make in life is directed by their core values. Once a person understands their inner value system through the Values Style Workbook, differences between their inner motivations and those of others can be explored.
- The Career Choice Workbook is ideal for high school or college students who are planning future careers, or anyone consider a potential career change. It matches career options with a person’s individual personality type according to the DISC profile, and includes potential earnings and job outlook forecast for many job clusters.
- Also recommended for high school and college students, the Goal Setting Style Workbook guides the student in examining how their personality type typically approaches goals, and aids them in the creation of workable goals, individualized with their personality in mind.
What Did We Think About StudentKeys?
“It was fun. I was surprised at how right it was. How do they know all that about me just because I answered a few questions?”
“There were careers on the list that I’d never even thought about; but now that I’ve seen the suggestions from the career profile and thought about it, I guess it’s pretty right that I’d be interested. Weird.”
“We’re already using it to get along with each other a little bit better. It’s not all the time, because most of the time I forget, but it’s helped a little bit.”
“I really want to know what (name withheld) would be. We don’t get along very well and I want to know how to make it better.”
“I knew that C- was this and this… but does *this* really seem like him at all, Mom?” And then as I’m nodding my head yes, it’s “OH! Yeah. Now I get it!”
Who is StudentKeys for?
The six profiles included in StudentKeys Binder are a bit fle
xible, age-wise – for the most effective use by the student, they’ll need to be reading reasonably fluently with a middle school or higher level of comprehension. Younger students could easily participate if questions were read for them, with parents deciphering the results. Some of the profiles are geared more toward high school or above, given the purpose of the profile – for example, while 4th grader might find it interesting to appease curiosity, or even to refer back to and examine preference changes, they aren’t likely to get much practical use from career guidance.
On the other hand, there are many suggestions and considerations that reach from one profile area to another, so it’s advisable to do as many portions as are appropriate, to gain more thorough understanding from the exercise. Also, I strongly recommend for parents to work through the materials along with their child(red), so that both may discuss their mutual understanding of the topics. (And even so that they can discuss how others they know might be scored, in an effort toward greater understanding.)
Is StudentKeys a good value?
It’s pricy, in my opinion, for the amount of physical materials included. I’d have a difficulty rationalizing the expense, by that’s from my point of view as a low income Mom that struggles to find the money for the curriculum we need. It’s very clear that the greatest portion of the price is for the information contained within, not the materials used.
HOWEVER, it’s an incredibly valuable tool. The answers discovered within might well justify the “price of admission” many times over. I’d recommend it highly for those with upper elementary through high school (and college) students. This is the very literal implementation of a guidance counselor in a box – plus some hefty career planning guidance.
If you do like we did, and choose not to write in the books, instead reading it from the book, and writing the answers on other paper, it’s usable by multiple people in a family. While it might be more convenient to write in the actual books, it’s nearly as easy to write on your own notebook paper, and merely tally up the scores there.
All in all, it has been and will continue to be a important, positive addition to our school resources.
StudentKeys Alternative For Ages 9-13
Designed expressly for ease of use by ages 9-13, the Children’s Profile workbook is an alternative to the more challenging StudentKeys material listed above. Written at an appropriate level, children can read and score themselves, and are encouraged to learn more about their own – and others – personalities so that they enhance their relationships with siblings, parents, friends, and teachers. It’s also suggested that parents, along with all children, use the assessments so that they may facilitate better communication among family members.
Homeschool parents can use tools from PeopleKeys to fulfill some of their many homeschool parent roles: guidance counselor, career advisor, and relationship expert – all from home, with their child an active participant every step of the way.