How often do you consider introversion in the classroom or while at school?
Including an awareness of introversion as part of a wellbeing programme will make school a more inclusive environment for all students and teachers.
The good news is that there are some simple adjustments that can be made at school to help support introverts and make the classroom an easier place for them to be. We need introverts, extroverts and ambiverts to create successful teams and to work productively together. Each group has strengths that they can offer and no one way is better or worse than another, it is simply the way that we are wired.
Did you know that introverts and extroverts process information differently?
Introverts need to think to process information and form opinions before speaking; whereas extroverts talk to process information and will be forming opinions while they are speaking.
This is why many introverts don’t like to be called on in class. It may not be that they don’t want to contribute, just simply that they haven’t had enough time to process their thoughts and gather their opinions.
By giving the whole class some time to think before giving opinions will benefit everyone and lead to more considered, valuable contributions to the lesson.
Introverts can achieve anything that the louder students do, but they will be more successful working in an introvert-friendly way.
The understanding of quiet and its innate power
I believe that there is a widespread lack of understanding of introversion in society including several damaging misconceptions that can make life more difficult for the quieter students. I want schools to be able to support all children, which is why I have created my Introversion Awareness Training.
You can find out more about introversion is here.
My mission is for introversion, extroversion and ambiversion awareness to be taught in all schools.
I want the unnecessary stigma around introversion to end so the quieter students can realise that they can success by working with, rather than against, their introversion.
Extroversion works brilliantly for extroverts; introverts need an introvert-friendly way of doing things.
Research I have carried out shows that many people did not realise they were introverted until adulthood, but wish they had known sooner. Even those who did know about introversion in childhood were generally made to feel that it was something wrong with them that they needed to change. Just imagine giving up to 50% of the classroom the gift self-understanding as well as tools to navigate life more successfully while working with, rather than against their quiet nature,
And finally, if 50% of the population is introverted, it follows that a fair number of teachers will also be introverts. You are particularly inspirational to those teens who don’t think they can achieve their dreams. Sharing tools and strategies that have helped you in your journey through life may be life changing to your children and will help to normalise the narrative or introversion success in whatever they set their minds to.
Contact me to find out more about Introversion Awareness Training for staff, students and/or parents.