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    Just wondering...

    I assume that of all the archetypes, INTPs probably value learning more than implementing, therefore...

    INTPs, by nature, will improvise, or develop ways or methodologies in which learning for them can be effective.

    This made me think that INTPs can be forerunners of advanced teaching methods, it's just that, maybe, most INTPs don't want to be teachers PER SE because of a weak Fe.

    Anyway, in college, I've encountered teachers who are intelligent in their own right, but has a really weak communication and teaching skills, and were just hired, in my opinion, because of impressive academic resume. However, I think that's just purely looking at things on face value.

    I do consider myself a life-long learner but I never thrived in studying under pressure, nor do I believe in the virtue of being a bookworm. I've always felt like I have my ways of learning things, it's just that I'm not articulate enough in describing it in a more concrete detail.

    Anyone here share similar sentiments?

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    I've had a couple of obvious INTP professors. Most of them seem like they took the positions to do research rather than teach, but my last INTP teacher (Steven Palmer) was an incredibly good speaker as well.

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    I'd love to teach in university classes as a professor, but yeah, I'd pretty much go there for research work mainly, teaching people who are interested in your subject is something I enjoy and something I would consider to be a plus of a job thought.

    Teaching in high school would make me want to murder someone. I'll leave that to ENTPs.

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    I've had some INTP profs and, to be honest, they're not the best teachers. Like evan said, it seems like they're more interested in research (which makes sense, given the type.) From the ones that I've experienced, it doesn't seem as though they were exactly interested in formulating new and improved pedagogical methods...in fact, they were probably among the most traditional in approach of all the types that I'd had (lecture behind the lectern).

    I don't exactly understand what you meant by the lifelong learner or bookworm stuff, though. Are you saying that if you were to become a professor that you'd find it difficult making your knowledge concrete enough for others to understand (even despite the fact that you don't do the bookworm thing that is so stereotypical of INTPs?)
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    It's INTJ's that are good teachers in my experience.
    INTP's are good to bounce ideas off of, especially if you're both well versed in the topic at hand.
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    I'd like to disagree that INTPs are crappy teachers. What I'd like to say is that INTPs are shitty teachers to big classes.

    My physics class has 9 students, the INTP lector we have is probably the best teacher I've ever had and he is bloody awesome. His class a year ago with 61 students we're pretty much crappy and boring thought.

    I guess an INTP's I's make them have troubles keeping track of masses of students. But its proffered on smaller groups. Our Biology lector an ENTP seemed to be far more comfortable with our previous class of 71, than our current class of 18.

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    I'm an INTP teacher--I teach English on the college freshman level. I actually love it, and I'm good at it, maybe because I do have pretty high Fe. I love the classroom time, most of the time, and I love seeing students make progress. What I don't love is trying to juggle multiple classes, grading a whole slew of papers, and keeping on top of the ones who don't listen. I like the college level because you can ostensibly treat them like adults--but I end up caring about their grades sometimes more than they do. I have to stop that.

    I couldn't teach on the high school level, though. Too much mothering and dealing with kids who think they're hilarious.
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    I'm fairly sure my Biology professor last semester was an INTP. The class had 200 people in it. He wasn't a great lecturer, but he definitely wasn't a bad one, and was a cool guy outside the classroom (he supervised a research project I worked on).
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    I have met a several intp teachers. Only two were at the grade school level. one was a *very* good math teacher. Most were at the college level though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Darjur View Post
    I'd like to disagree that INTPs are crappy teachers. What I'd like to say is that INTPs are shitty teachers to big classes.
    I agree with this, at least from experience. I currently have two INTP professors, one whose class had 150 students and one who taught a class of 19 students. The first professor was constantly flustered and would freeze up when a student asked a question, while the other's fairly decent at handling students and manages to get through to more people than the first one did.

    On the other hand, the second professor clearly has more self esteem than the first, so I'm not sure this proves anything.
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