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.
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.
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.
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.