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Six Strategies to Help Introverts Feel Understood

In every classroom, teachers try to engage students who have a variety of temperaments: extroverts, introverts and ambiverts. Introverted students are often “overlooked, undervalued and overstimulated in our schools,” said Heidi Kasevich in “Six Strategies to Help Introverts Thrive at School and Feel Understood.” Additionally, introverts are often “expected to fit into the extrovert ideal, and this leads to the danger zone of self-negation, turning inward or withdrawing.”

Introverts tend to prefer:

  • Conversing one-on-one or in small groups
  • Thinking before sharing aloud
  • Weighing options before making decisions
  • Looking (and assessing risk) before leaping
  • Recharging in a quiet, calm environment

Six Classroom Strategies that Help Introverts Thrive:

  • Make space for quiet reflection
  • Consider the physical environment
  • Provide previews
  • Watch your language
  • Scaffold meaningful stretching
  • Structure temperamentally inclusive group work

To learn more about these strategies read the complete article.

Reflection and Questions

  • Using an existing education program, how could you make changes based on the information from this article?
  • How does this new information change how you feel about introverts and extroverts?
  • What kind of activity can you add to an existing program that would help you get to know someone who was an introvert?

Citation

Farmer Kris, Deborah. “Six Strategies to Help Introverts Thrive at School and Feel Understood.” KQED, 12 August 2018.

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