Most naturally introverted adults will admit that bringing their voice forward in the classroom was a struggle. As educators, it can be challenging to see our introverted students overwhelmed or, in some cases, withdrawn. This struggle has nothing to do with their ability. In this week's podcast episode - I shared my #1 strategy for preventing outbursts and encouraging all students to share their thoughts and idea - which is crucial for supporting introverted students in the classrooms.
As an early childhood educator, you've probably asked yourself, "How Can I Encourage Introverted Students." Today, I'm sharing three tips that will set your introverted students up for success.
1. Classroom management: Classroom management is crucial for introducing boundaries and
creating opportunities for learners to control their impulses. Because my goal is to appreciate both my introverted and extroverted students, I create systems that allow me to keep my eye on my introverted learners - who often are overwhelmed by their outgoing peers. Proper classroom management makes systems that enable educators to observe students, identify their individual needs, and quickly implement strategies to address issues. Want my method for preventing outbursts in the classroom? Listen to this week's episode of the podcast.
2. Give Students Time To Think: Processing time is necessary for all students - especially introverted students. Ask yourself a question, how much time do you spend with your introverted students? Often introverts are overlooked while extroverted students are praised. In my classroom, I require all students to take time to think and process information. The results of this practice have been invaluable. I receive greater class participation, thoughtful answers, and added peer-to-peer learning - as students benefit from hearing the opinions of everyone in the classroom. Check out this article for more information on what happens when students have more "think time."
3. Create Opportunities For Engagement When educators create a safe learning environment that encourages students to share their thoughts and opinions, we also provide that student with a dose of self-confidence. The best part is we do not have to attempt to make them less introverted, we simply offer our introverted students the reassurance that when they are ready to share, we will listen. Not only is this a valuable lesson for the introvert, but our extroverts will learn how to share the spotlight and value the input of others. Want to know more about the importance of creating safe environments for introverts - click here.
One of the most common issues associated with introverts in the classroom is that students become easily overwhelmed and disengaged. These three tips and the additional resources mentioned in this post will help educators create environments for the success of all students.
Check out my new song, Think Time for help teaching and practicing this new strategy.