The Enneagram Types As Students In The Classroom! (2/3)

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The Enneagram Types As Students In The Classroom! (2/3)

We are in Week 2 of the new school year!

Last week, we dealt with the Assertive Types – Type 3, 7 and 8 and how they would be like as students in a classroom. If you missed it, you can read it here

This week, we shift our focus to the Compliant Types – Type 1, 2 and 6 and how educators can help motivate these types that validate their core Type.

Class is back in session … let’s get to it!

Type 1 students

These students would often have everything placed neatly on their desks. Details, especially mistakes, do not escape their eagle eyes and more often than not, they would be the ones who would crumple up an almost completed worksheet or composition because of one mistake that is unacceptable to them.

They would be your self appointed ‘police officers’ of the class who readily point out anybody who breaks the rules or who falls short of their high standards. How can you help them?

Here are some ways:

  • Teach them to be amused by their mistakes. For every mistake that they make, you can ask them to come up with an amusing story about a character that made the same mistake they did. This is to allow them to see that making mistakes is not a death sentence, it can also be a fun way to learn and be better. An extension of this would be using an analogy to illustrate a learning point which allows you to address the mistake without making the Type 1 student feel bad;
  • Taking them outside the classroom for relaxation. When the Type 1 student becomes too high strung and ‘acts out’ by blaming themselves (or others) for mistakes made, it may be a good time for them to be taken out of the rigid, classroom environment and go to the library or the pond to just chill and relax.

Type 2 students

These students are always the first to volunteer whenever you ask the class, “Can somebody help me carry these to the staff room?”. Yes, teachers, these students are usually known as the teachers’ pet. Their focus is always on helping their teachers and classmates and sometimes, their urge to help may cause them to neglect their own class tasks that need completion and if not given the opportunity to help, they may get very frustrated and become very moody.

Here are some ways we can help them:

  • Telling them to focus on ‘the greater good’. The Type 2 students’ mentality is focused on how many people they can help in the shortest amount of time. In this case, if you would like the Type 2 to allow others the chance to help, then say, “I appreciate all the help you have been giving me. But I would like you to help your other classmates to be as helpful as you by allowing them opportunities to help as well.” ;
  • Giving them notes of appreciation. These students help not because they crave to be recognized in front of their classmates, all they want is appreciation away from the public eye. One of the best ways to do so is to write them notes of appreciation to add that personal touch.

Type 6 students

Type 6 students when placed in a new environment will cause them a lot of anxiety and usually, they would be the ones who may burst out crying on the first day of school in a new class. When starting on a new task, they are also the ones who would need to ask many clarifying questions before they can start.

How then can you help them to not always dwell on what may go wrong?

Here are some suggested ways:

  • Help them have faith in their abilities. Type 6 students need a lot of encouragement and that they have talents and abilities that would enable them to successfully complete a given task. One way to help them have more faith in themselves would be to remind them of past achievements, so that you can point to them and say, “See? You have done it before. You have the ability to do it again.
  • Guide them to see the best in their worst case scenarios. For the pessimistic Type 6 students, their natural focus is always on the worst case scenario. However, getting them to come up with two good things that can come out of that ‘worst case’ would help them see that in all situations, there is always a silver lining.
  • Giving them a ‘no strings attached’ compliment. Type 6 students usually do not believe that they are worth being complimented because they do not think they have strengths worth being complimented for. So, at least once a week, as teachers, let’s give a compliment to these students and assure them that there is no strings attached and that it does not include any further expectations being imposed on them.

I hope that after today, you have a better inkling on how you can help these Types of students in your class. Remember, in all that we do as educators, we want to nurture all our students to be the best versions that they can be. So, let’s always see beyond the surface and really get to their core so as to help them more!


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Cindy Leong
Cindy Leong
Cindy Leong is a sought after bilingual (English and Mandarin) Enneagram Personality Coach and Corporate Trainer in Asia, who can help you make sense of your professional and personal relationships. She is a member of International Coach Federation (ICF) and Singapore Psychological Society (SPS). Besides a Bachelor Degree in Psychology (majoring in Communications), she also has a Diploma in Business and has done in-depth research and studies in the areas of Organisational Behaviour and Gender Communications, both in Singapore and Taiwan. Through her expertise in corporate executive coaching, personal development, and relationship coaching, she has helped many professionals in their walk through challenging times, particularly in the areas of identity searching, relationship building and career breakthrough. Aside from being a published author of 2 books, she has also been invited by several radio stations and magazines as an expert guest speaker to provide insights into Enneagram, workplace conflicts and relationships.
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