Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Monday morning memo ~ 28

What about those quiet kids...?

Quiet: The Power of Introverts In a World That Can’t Stop Talking

*We have a copy of this book in district. Contact Dr. Tarte if you are interested in reading it.

  • ~ Studies tell us that 1/3 to 1/2 of Americans are introverts. There is no such thing as a pure introvert or a pure extrovert.
  • ~ Extroverts tend to tackle assignments quickly. They make fast (sometimes rash) decisions, and are comfortable multitasking and risk-taking. They enjoy the thrill of the chase for rewards like money and status.
  • ~ Introverts often work more slowly and deliberately. They like to focus on one task at a time and can have mighty powers of concentration. They are relatively immune to the lures of wealth and fame. They prefer environments that are not overstimulating and 70% are also sensitive. They may be shy, which is a painful condition.
  • ~ People tend to assume that loud people are more intelligent. When forceful people carry the day, a lot of good ideas from the introverts can get lost. 
  • ~ Introverts are more likely to reveal more of themselves via social media. They welcome the chance to communicate digitally and can now contribute in classes where they don’t have to raise their hand and talk. 
  • ~ Extroverts get better grades in elementary school, but introverts outperform in high school and college. At the university level, introversion predicts academic performance better than cognitive ability.
  • ~ Opposites are often drawn to each other. One tends to talk as the other listens.
  • ~ Don’t try to change a kid. Expose children to new situations and people gradually. Note and respect their limits. Never call a child shy.
  • ~ Schools should prepare kids for life, but often kids need to be prepared for surviving schools, which are often designed for extroverts. Teachers should balance their lessons to allow for both types. 

What are you? Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Take the quiz:

~ What are the implications for our students? 

...For our classrooms?

1 comment:

  1. Justin, thanks for sharing this important post. It hasn't been until recently going through #ETMOOC when the discussion of introverts came up, that I really spent time looking at it closely. Through reading some different blog posts and chats, I discovered I lean in the direction of being an introvert myself. It helped explain some things and eased some of the anxiety I've felt about those particular bents. I'm glad that I've pushed through some of those tendencies to do some large group trainings, speak out on important issues, etc. It also helped me to continue to encourage teachers to use digital tools to allow students to express themselves in an environment they're more comfortable in and where share their learning with others. The CCS support more reflective, digital environments for students, which will be a boon for many students who wouldn't share their thinking and learning otherwise, except with the teacher through written assignments and assessments. With so many good collaborative tools for the classroom now for us to use with students, perhaps we'll see instructional design begin to make that shift to a greater degree. I hope so!