Myers-Briggs Activities for Students

Instructor: Grace Pisano

Grace has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in teaching. She previously taught high school in several states around the country.

After introducing your high school students to the Myers-Briggs Test, use the following activities to help students learn about their personality traits and how these can influence their daily life.

The Myers-Briggs Personality Test

In the early 20th century, the mother-daughter pair of Katharine Briggs and Isabella Briggs Myers created the Myers-Briggs Types Indicator, which is often simply referred to as the Myers-Briggs Test today. The tool has become popular in classrooms as a way to help students identify personality traits, strengths and weaknesses and even future career choices. After talking about the test with your students, use these activities to help them learn more about it.

Myers-Briggs Activities

Taking a Myers-Briggs Test

Materials Needed

Myers-Briggs Types Indicator, internet access

Procedures

In this first activity, students will be taking a Myers-Briggs personality test and researching the results.

Depending on what you have access to in the classroom, students can either take a digital test or a hard copy test. Either way, there are many free websites that will allow you and your students to access the test.

Students should take the test silently and individually. Before beginning, make sure that students know that even though it is called a ''test'' there are no right or wrong answers. Remind them that being honest on the test will get them the most accurate results and help both you and them have the most successful school year possible.

After students have finished the test, have them record their personality type (four letters) on a notecard with their name. You will want to keep these for future activities and projects. Then give students time to browse the internet and learn more about their personality traits. Monitor students as they are researching to help make sure they stay on task.

Sharing Personality Traits

Materials Needed

Chart paper, markers

Procedures

For this activity, students will need to have already taken a Myers-Briggs test. Divide your class into eight groups: one for each of the personality traits (Introversion, Extraversion, Sensing, Intuition, Thinking, Feeling, Judging and Perception). Students should be placed in a group that they identify with (for example an ISTJ should not be put in the ''Extroversion'' group).

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