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Unlocking Silent Voices: Getting Introverts to Open Up in the Secondary Classroom

We as teachers often make the mistake of equating introversion with shyness, when the two are not one and the same. The effect of a quiet student (or a whole group of quiet students) in the classroom is often teacher frustration, regardless of the reason behind it. With our curriculum demanding greater collaboration and active participation, how are we to approach students who don't care to speak out? Here are some resources I have found helpful!
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Unlocking Silent Voices: Getting Introverts to Open Up in the Secondary Classroom
  • truity.com
    truity.com

    7 Survival Strategies for the Introverted Teacher

    7 minute read
    Shauna Konnerth says:
    Sure, you may feel comfortable nurturing introverts in your classroom, especially if you yourself lean toward introversion. But in a profession that surrounds you with people who look to you to speak and lead, how can you survive as an introverted teacher? Here are some strategies just for you.
  • Shauna Konnerth says:
    A fun and entertaining graphic that explains introversion and how (in general) to interact with introverted people. Remember, though, that introversion is a spectrum, just like extroversion.
  • thecornerstoneforteachers.com
    thecornerstoneforteachers.com

    How to Care for Introverts

    Infographic
    Shauna Konnerth says:
    This pithy poster is a perfect summary of best practices for caring for the introverts who cross your path on a daily basis--for the teacher, your introverted students.
  • Shauna Konnerth says:
    Extroversion and introversion are polar opposites on a spectrum upon which you and your students fall, leaning in one direction or another. But where? You might be surprised by the answers to this simple true/false quiz. Diagnose your own level of extroversion and introversion and that of your students, to get you thinking about the diversity of personality you work with every day.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    Embracing Introversion: Ways to Stimulate Reserved Students in the Classroom

    5 minute read
    Shauna Konnerth says:
    With all the current focus in education on collaboration, the voices and contributions of students who prefer to work solo can get lost. But as this article points out, introversion and shyness are not the same, and teachers can access these common-sense approaches to engaging introverts in a culture that gives preference to extroversion.
  • Shauna Konnerth says:
    This TED talk from the author of "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" is the perfect explanation of introversion--its value in a world that views quietness as weakness or inability to self-advocate.