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    I'm not a prof, but I have a PhD and I have done temporary/short term work in/for/with universities where I've lectured and/or given seminars or general assistance in my field.

    I have to say I agree with Jennifer. I'd roam around looking for people to chat to and be delighted when people stopped me in the corridor or whatever, and would invite them for a pint at lunch time in the pub. I'd often be found there with a few of other teachers/students that I gathered together to chat and theorize together.

    The INTP's (there were two at the college in question) spent most of their non-class time in their offices, hoping not to be disturbed.
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    i've never given thought to what i'd be like as a teacher, but i do teach at odd times and out of nowhere when i'm around kids (or adults if they ask me something), so i can base my answer on that. maybe that'll help as i imagine i'd be exactly the same. i know no other way.

    a couple of examples of my way of teaching:

    i live in a townhouse complex full of kids running around. one (around 9-10 yrs old) hurt himself while playing football, and was yelling that he'd "broke all of his bones". (okay, i'm not gonna lie. i laughed. i mean ALL of 'em? that's serious, people!) but, anyway, i could see he was in pain, but definitely not broken, so i grinned, pulled him up and said, "come on, lemme see what we've got here."

    i poked around on him gently but dramatically. asking him each time, "does this hurt?" as he insisted loudly that it did each time. knowing i was tickling him, i kept it up until he started laughing.

    then, i said, "maybe we should be sure. let's check for ourselves. want to see your finger bones to be sure?" he squealed, "yes!". i brought him and the rest of the kids inside, turned off the lights, and used a flashlight to light up their hands, showing them their bones and the red glow of their blood. by that time, he and his friends had forgotten all about his pain, they'd become 'aware' of their inner body, and knew a new trick.

    a short time later, i had a chicken. a store-bought whole chicken, and remembering this, i called them, asking if they want to "help cut up a bird". of course they agreed.

    first, i got them in the mood and laughing by making the raw chicken 'dance' and 'fly' by holding it up by its wings while singing a circus tune. then, i let the braver ones pull on the wings to see how they 'work', how muscles extend/contract, doing the same with their arms to compare, etc. piece by piece, literally, i taught them about skin, bones, muscles, veins, arteries... and encouraged them to touch, laugh, say "yuck!", make shocked faces, and ask lots of questions, which i gladly answered.

    i do this kind of thing from time to time. does this help?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Usehername View Post
    Well now I'm less confident of my diagnosis

    He feeds off students well, and often makes fun of them during class (one girl has a funny sneeze; he puts his lecture on pause to make fun of her regularly). He's extremely self-deprecating. Certainly an NTP, but I was wondering about I b/c I sit front and center and sometimes he'll get very quiet when he's seriously explaining an idea. Generally he's obtrusively loud in class, though.
    That sounds like an ENTP. All my life people have been telling me that I'm either too quiet or too loud. I still haven't learned the whole indoor voice/outdoor voice thing.

    I used to teach math courses at a university and most of the other faculty members were INTP, so here some other ways I think you can tell the two types apart. First, INTP's simply cannot give off the enthusiasm that an ENTP can. If you see that enthusiasm that sucks you into the subject then it's almost certain you have an ENTP. Also even when I'm trying not to be, it's very hard for me to not be a smartass. I can usually tone it down, but as soon as some student gives a smart remark, I fire something back without even thinking about it. If this professor is already making fun of students, then he is probably an ENTP.

    INTP's on the other hand have a tendency to be dry in their presentation (some INTP's are worse than others though). INTP's are going to focus more on theory than other profs. An ENTP will try to present both theory and application and how the two relate to each other. If you learn about their areas of reserch/expertise then INTP is usually advancing pure theory, but the ENTP will usually be advancing some application of theory. Beyond that other differences between the two types are probably more subtle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Liquid_Laser View Post
    That sounds like an ENTP. All my life people have been telling me that I'm either too quiet or too loud. I still haven't learned the whole indoor voice/outdoor voice thing.

    I used to teach math courses at a university and most of the other faculty members were INTP, so here some other ways I think you can tell the two types apart. First, INTP's simply cannot give off the enthusiasm that an ENTP can. If you see that enthusiasm that sucks you into the subject then it's almost certain you have an ENTP. Also even when I'm trying not to be, it's very hard for me to not be a smartass. I can usually tone it down, but as soon as some student gives a smart remark, I fire something back without even thinking about it. If this professor is already making fun of students, then he is probably an ENTP.

    INTP's on the other hand have a tendency to be dry in their presentation (some INTP's are worse than others though). INTP's are going to focus more on theory than other profs. An ENTP will try to present both theory and application and how the two relate to each other. If you learn about their areas of reserch/expertise then INTP is usually advancing pure theory, but the ENTP will usually be advancing some application of theory. Beyond that other differences between the two types are probably more subtle.
    He was making fun of people before he started the first lecture. He definitely speaks before he thinks. He is 100% smartass. He's caring underneath though, it's endearing. And he's very enthusiastic.

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    I knew an INTP and ENTP who were best friends. I was involved with the ENTP at the time. Sitting in front of them was a head-trip because you could see how they were thinking in sync and getting the same impressions, but while the INTP might just smirk darkly at something that amused him, the ENTP would affect the perfect poker face, put his hands behind his head and drop some very sharp dry observation that would kill every one. I know our INFJ instructor always had his hands full with the two of them.
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