What is an introvert? Directed toward an audience of parents (but definitely useful for teachers), this article is a primer on what it means to say someone is introverted. It provides diagnostic questions that you can use either in conversation with parents, or in considering your students' traits yourself.
Most people are neither fully introverted nor entirely extroverted, but if you're curious where you fall on the scale, this 25 minute test might help you gain insight. Maybe you could even have your older students take the test as a step toward self-awareness.
When we label students as introverts or extroverts, we run the risk of over-simplifying a student's personality and proclivities. That's why this article, which takes a nuanced look at different types of introversion, is a good caution against pigeon-holing students and falling into the accompanying stereotyping and assumptions that often accompany a label.
Now that you have an idea what introversion looks like, there's the practical matter of how to integrate all types of students into your classroom. Here are some suggestions to help you get started today.
We are preparing our students to enter a work force buzzing with the concept of collaboration, and this is reflected in the current emphasis on group work in education. We can't single-handedly change this trend, but according to this article, there are some lessons from introverts to help us balance collaboration with more "introvert-friendly" activities.
It takes all kinds. We as teachers know this, but sometimes in our rush to teach our students to be more assertive and collaborative, we forget that there is more than one way to be successful…and that there is more than one right way to be. If your introverted students need encouragement, this list of famous introverted individuals might just be the ticket.
Who better to give advice on tapping in to the unique qualities of introverts than experienced teachers? This brief article provides three suggestions for classroom changes that can shift your thinking from viewing introversion as a liability, to seeing it as a strength.