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The teacher

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Passion:  Getting understanding; seeing how things work; fair and equitable application of the written Word or a policy manual; training the “children” (not just physical children but spiritual children).

Primary fears:  Making a mistake; not having a handle on a subject; not maintaining respect or control—especially in a teaching/learning environment; not doing things properly; emotionalism.

Spiritual connection/voice of God:  The experiential sense of hearing God is more difficult for them; they tend to hear God as a result of a thorough study of God’s Word with a right application that seems to “fit” the situation; it is this “fit” that becomes the subjective hearing for the teacher; they prefer order and right application as the voice of God.

Relationship characteristics:  They have a deep sense of connectedness to the “little ones” or ones who need to be taught or nurtured; tend to be on a more practical, non-emotional basis with those who are horizontal in relationship; prefer to be either the teacher or the learner; like a clear ordering of who is in charge; they have deep emotions but find it hard to express them or to even admit them with anyone other than an inner circle.

Conflict:  Conflict is almost irrelevant or not noticed by the teacher; it is viewed as either an obstacle to or a vehicle to understanding; if it is an obstacle, it is an enemy to be dealt with; if it is a vehicle, it is embraced as a way to bring growth.

Task orientation:  Doing the job the right way after it is fully researched is the mode of operation for the teacher; they can be slow to get to practical tasks but usually are thorough, almost bordering on perfectionists once they do get to the task; they can bog down in the middle of their tasks, needing to be rescued by a less detailed/more efficient person. 

Possessions:  Because ideas are most important, some of the most important possessions for teachers are their books; where teachers see practical value, possessions can be important but usually are not overly significant in their lives. 

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