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Thinking Space - Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Questions To Consider:
How do you define introvert, extrovert, and ambivert?
Which are you? Does it depend on the context? Which are your family members and friends?
What are the affordances of being an introvert? What are its constraints?
How are schools/classrooms designed for introverts? What would be less comfortable for introverts?
What affordances/constraints are there for introverted teachers? Administrators? Do districts tend to hire one more than the other? Should they?
What do introverts find challenging working with extroverts and vice versa? (Think students first, then staff.)
? How does it play out in schools/classrooms? What are the affordances/constraints of collaborative work? Individual work?
Affordances & Constraints - Group Work & Individual Work
Where are the "restorative niches" in schools/classrooms?
Should we help kids become "someone else" at school ...?
Can introverts learn to be extroverts? Can a tiger change their stripes?
If a tiger can't change their stripes, is it fair to grade the tiger on their stripyness or lack thereof? If they can't change their stripes, how much should we ask them to camouflage themselves? Should we teach those skills explicitly?
Does role playing changes things for introverts or extroverts?
Does introversion and extroversion play out differently online than in a regular classroom?
Is pair work as challenging for most introverts as whole class? What about small groups of 3 or 4? Does that depend on how well they know the class? How "safe" an environment the teacher creates?
1/3-1/2 of your students/colleagues are introverts
Introverts acting extroverted can take a toll on their energy
Introverts really feel most energized when they're in quieter, lower key environments. Extroverts need larger amounts of stimulation to feel at their best
"Shyness is more about the fear of social judgment, and the assumption that people tend to be judging you negatively."
Workplaces are being designed more for extroverts. What about schools?
Process has gotten lopsided toward too much groupthink
"This is not to say that we should abolish groupwork. But we should use it a lot more judiciously than we do today."
"...if you have a real problem to solve, a creative problem. For example, you want to send people off by themselves to brainstorm on their own.
And then once they've come up with their best ideas, then bring them together in a group and exchange those ideas. But it's crucial to have the solitary aspect first."
Many creative people have deep introverted streaks
Another strength is introverts' level of concentration
"... introverted leaders deliver better outcomes than extroverts do when they're managing proactive employees.
And the reason is that they are more likely to let those employees actually run with their great proactive ideas, whereas extroverts can kind of get so excited about what's going on, and they're more dominant. They put their own stamp on things more. So other people's ideas don't as easily rise to the surface."
Western culture values extroverts over introverts. A culture of personality has replaced a culture of character
"In our society, the ideal self is bold, gregarious, and comfortable in the spotlight. We like to think that we value individuality, but mostly we admire the type of individual who’s comfortable “putting himself out there.” Our schools, workplaces, and religious institutions are designed for extroverts. Introverts are to extroverts what American women were to men in the 1950s -- second-class citizens with gigantic amounts of untapped talent." -
"Many introverts feel there’s something wrong with them, and try to pass as extroverts."
Parents and educators should encourage/nurture introverts' talents, be patient with their inwardness, but still challenge them to grow/learn/try/stretch as much as they can in a way that works for that child
Introverts are not anti-social, just differently social
Jon Berghoff "But in sales there's a truism that 'we have two ears and one mouth and we should use them proportionately."
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
by Susan Cain
The Power of Introverts Blog
Quiet, Please: Unleashing 'The Power Of Introverts'
Scientific American -
The Power of Introverts: A Manifesto for Quiet Brilliance
The Power of the Introvert in Your Office
Diane Rehm Show -
Shyness and Social Anxiety
Rise of the New Groupthink
(NYTimes article by Susan Cain)
Does Solitude Enhance Creativity? A Critique of Susan Cain’s Attack on Collaboration
Intelligent Individuals Don’t Make Groups Smarter
How does this fit with de Bono's
Six Thinking Hats
- Bereiter & Scardamelia
Group Settings Can Diminish Expressions of Intelligence, Especially Among Women, Study Finds
- Not a direct connection, but one to consider
Why I No Longer Use Groups in the Classroom
Introverted Kids Need to Learn to Speak Up at School
Funny, sounds like "communicating" is a one way street, no mention of teaching kids to
And Extroverted Kids Need To Learn To Listen
Speak Up, Already!
- One of many responses to this article with lots of comments
Help Shy Kids—Don't Punish Them
How do you think shy kids can be encouraged to speak bravely in the classroom?
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