My studyspace today, actually at my desk in my room rather than the living room or at uni. Hoping to at least finish five of the paragraphs of my campaign file today. I have been focusing so much on it this week, have to spend some of ny weekend catching up now! Planning on reading for tomorrows lecture as well.
Hope you all are having a fantastic day!

HBDI Assessment: Understanding Preferences in Thinking Styles

By Peace Chung, Associate Product Designer

We had an interesting end to 2015 with the HBDI (Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument) Assessment. Prior to our workshop, we had to answer a 120-question assessment. Based on over three decades of cognitive research, we expected the assessment to give a pretty amenable evaluation of our thinking styles (experimental, relational, practical, or analytical). By understanding our preferences for certain thinking styles, we hope to be aware of and understand how we “process information, learn, make decisions, solve problems, and communicate” with others in the workplace (HBDI).

Before receiving the results of our individual assessments, however, we were asked to estimate what we thought were our results, or which style we believed to most strongly prefer:

“Interestingly, no one believed themselves to be a “strong red” (relational).”

We found ourselves breaking off into the yellow (experimental) and green (practical) squares, while our fellow engineering associates split off to the blue (analytical) and green ones. Interestingly, no one believed themselves to be a “strong red” (relational). Once we opened up our results, though, quite a few of us had to move around to different squares, red included!

Our results displayed numerical “scores” in correlation to each style, and the style with the highest number was, essentially, our most preferred approach. It’s important to stress that low numbers in certain categories do not equate to incompetence in any way; it simply means we prefer other styles more-so.

We learned about the best ways to establish trust with our bosses and coworkers based on their HBDI profiles:

  • YELLOWs are concerned with autonomy, creativity, ideas
  • REDs are concerned with others, fairness, emotions
  • GREENs are concerned with getting things right, details, following rules
  • BLUEs are concerned with facts, figures, reality

We also learned about some frustrations that people may find uncomfortable or stressful:

  • YELLOWs are frustrated by repetition, playing things “by the book”, lack of flexibility
  • REDs are frustrated by a lack of interactions and eye contact, overtly direct behavior, impersonal approach or examples
  • GREENs are frustrated by disorganization, unpredictable things, lack of closure
  • BLUEs are frustrated by excessive “chatter”, illogical comments, overt sharing of personal feelings

Knowing where you (and others) lie on the HBDI grid should not give the implication that your results are set in stone and that you can never be a RED if you are a BLUE. The reality is, we approach hundreds of problems in different ways and our thinking styles may vary according to the situation. We have a unique makeup of each thinking style inside all of us. It may be helpful to understand our reactions and behaviors to specific problems and people, but the HBDI assessment is not meant to be restrictive in any way.

“The best teams have strong yellows, reds, greens, and blues who proactively create synergy.”

The most important takeaway for me, though, was being aware that the teams we work on are composed of people of all different thinking styles. The best teams have strong yellows, reds, greens, and blues who proactively create synergy.

If you’re interested in taking the HBDI Assessment for yourself or your team, you can check it out here. What thinking style do you prefer most?


THe Formative Assessment Jackpot from Edutopia.
Here is the assocaited article:

“Alternative formative assessment (AFA) strategies can be as simple (and important) as checking the oil in your car – hence the name "dipsticks.” They’re especially effective when students are given tactical feedback, immediately followed by time to practice the skill. My favorite techniques are those with simple directions, like The 60 Second Paper, which asks students to describe the most important thing they learned and identify any areas of confusion in under a minute. You can find another 53 ways to check for understanding toward the end of this post, also available as a downloadable document.“
Study says standardized testing is overwhelming nation’s public schools
Typical student takes 112 required tests from pre-K through 12th grade; federal officials vow to help reduce redundant, low-quality exams.

The study analyzed tests given in 66 urban districts in the 2014-2015 school year. It did not count quizzes or tests created by classroom teachers, and it did not address the amount of time schools devote to test preparation.

It portrays a chock-a-block jumble, where tests have been layered upon tests under mandates from Congress, the U.S. Department of Education and state and local governments, many of which the study argues have questionable value to teachers and students. Testing companies that aggressively market new exams also share the blame, the study said.

“Everyone is culpable here,” said Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools. “You’ve got multiple actors requiring, urging and encouraging a variety of tests for very different reasons that don’t necessarily add up to a clear picture of how our kids are doing. The result is an assessment system that’s not very intelligent and not coherent.”

CharacTour brings ‘Potter’ personality quiz to the main page!

MuggleNet has unveiled a new addition to our main-page in the form of a Potter personality quiz, powered by CharacTour! While some quizzes may ask, “Do you feel snakey?” or have a degree of randomization to them, our quiz assesses readers using CharacTour’s 5-point, 52-trait system, which you simply must experience for yourself.

“Given the value we as a country place on education, you would expect that we would have a much higher percentage who say they definitely agree with that statement,” Brandon Busteed, executive director of Gallup Education and Workforce Development, said. “We’re talking about graduates of all ages. That was a real shocker to me.”

Less surprising, Busteed said, was how younger graduates and those with large amounts of student debt felt about the question.