Advantages for Teachers

Teachers discover a systematic, easy-to-learn approach that takes student differences into account, helping develop lesson plans that address diverse learning needs, making assignments that play to student strengths and stretches, and creating tests that more accurately reflect learning.


Early educational experiences are critical for forming habits that lead to a lifetime of successful learning. Yet children, like adults, have their own preferred learning styles.

Because psychological type is expressly about gathering and processing information (the core elements of learning), understanding differences in children’s personality types provides a proven method for effectively reaching all students.

The Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator for Children® (MMTIC®) assessment, first published in 1987 and administered to many thousands of children since that time, is the definitive tool for measuring psychological type in young people.

Results from the MMTIC assessment help each child learn more about their strengths and stretches, and the differences they might have with friends, teachers and parents. Insights gained from learning about their personality type provide effective tools for better self-management, and a better potential for success in all phases of their lives.

Multifaceted teaching for student success

  • Insights gained from discovering personality type provide a proven method for identifying and addressing the unique learning styles and communication needs of all students.
  • The MMTIC assessment gives teachers a way to empower each student and validate their individual style of exploration and engagement.
  • In CAPT's research on using type in the classroom, teachers (primarily elementary and middle school) trained in type reported significantly better understanding of both their own and their students' strengths and stretches, their ability to group students of similar personalities "to meet their differing needs," and their ability to introduce new learning style strategies on a weekly basis.

Enhancing classroom management

  • Teachers can bridge communication gaps by identifying their preferred methods of communication and learn how to reach students with different learning styles
  • Understanding differences in students' preferences helps teachers demonstrate practical solutions to potentially troublesome conflicts in the classroom
  • When teachers identify a child's unique motivators, they can craft discipline strategies that are more appropriate and effective.

Achieving curriculum goals

  • When type is used in the classroom, educational objectives and curricula remain unchanged, but methods of instruction are expanded to accommodate different personality types
  • Type can be easily integrated into core subject classes, as well as study skills, leadership, or health and development classes
  • Using type in the classroom can help satisfy requirements of Response to Intervention (RTI) and can give teachers a way to help students succeed before a referral for learning disabilities is initiated.
  • MMTIC results provide insights into individual learning styles and motivations, which is crucial for teachers as they plan and execute differentiated instruction curricula. A wide variety of support materials have been developed to support the implementation of type understanding in the classroom and beyond. From the theoretical book People Types and Tiger Stripes to the comprehensive "how to" book of Great Minds Don't Think Alike, teachers will find abundant resources on this website to present personality type concepts to students of all ages.