Some introverts feel like they need to learn how to be extroverts in order to thrive in school and life. In what ways do we help the introverts in our lives feel seen, understood, comfortable, and valued for how they are? If introverts feel they need to push outside their comfort zones to be like extroverts to do well, how can we help extroverts understand the ways introverts learn, socialize, and relate? What do we need to understand to be more inclusive of introverts? What can schools and teachers do to make classroom environments comfortable so that all students feel they can participate in ways that come naturally for them?
“When introverts have to spend time in activities or environments that are very hectic, they can end up feeling unfocused and overwhelmed. Extroverts, on the other hand, tend to thrive in situations where there is a lot of activity and few chances of becoming bored…. Researchers have found that introverts tend to be more easily distracted than extroverts, which is part of the reason why introverts tend to prefer a quieter, less harried setting.” Schools and classrooms are inherently social, sometimes hectic, and stimulating places. It is also much harder to find time and quiet spaces for introspection in today’s world where daily life seems to have gotten louder.
Teaching Introverted Students: How a 'Quiet Revolution' Is Changing Classroom Practice (Education Week, 2017)
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