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5 Strategies to deal with Introverted Students

I used to think the ideal student is extroverted: participating always in class discussions and loving group activities. That’s my personal experience too as a student. Teachers tended to gear their classes for extroverted students. I did the same when I became a teacher, assuming all my students were extroverted and enjoyed high stimulation activities.

This had to change.

After understanding more about my temperament (I’m an introvert!) and reading up on how to deal with introverted students, I would like to share the following strategies on how to help introverted students thrive in your classroom.

Strategies to dealing with introverted students

1. Give them space.

Don’t put them in the spotlight always. If they’ll be in the spotlight, do it gently. Don’t be like an army sergeant calling out people to answer. Make them feel safe in your classroom.

When you give questions to them, pause before calling on them. Give them a few seconds to process the question. Then gently, ask them to answer the question. Give them an opportunity to pass if they are not feeling comfortable or really not ready to answer. Tell them you’ll come back to them when they’re ready.

introverted student

2. Promote small-group discussions or pair work.

Rather than always having whole-class discussions which can put an introverted student into the limelight, small group discussions and pair work can be more beneficial to introvert students.  Introverted students like meaningful discussions so it’s important you put some preparation and make sure these small group discussions can provide a stimulating environment for introvert students to share their thoughts.

group work

group activities

3. Give independent/solitary work.

Research has shown that a lot of academic achievements are made during independent and solitary work. Sometimes too much group work, i.e. brainstorming sessions, can have limited productivity compared to solitary work. Introverts love solitary work because it’s low stimulation and they get to engage in their thoughts.

4. Give alternatives for introverted students to participate aside from class discussions.

A lot of introverts share their thoughts better on paper or on writing.  So allow them to engage in your subject matter through an online discussion, forums, blogs, and other electronic means.

Free Trait Theory

5. Teach them the free trait theory. This theory tells us that we can act differently from our temperament as long the purpose for it is in line with our values. This theory allows Barrack Obama, an introvert, to give inspiring speeches to the masses. Similarly, introverted teachers use this theory to become actors and actresses while on stage in the classroom.

I think it’s important that introverted students to still be able to speak up and not always hide in their thoughts. So applying a mixture of classroom strategies that cater to both introverts and extroverts will be the rational way to a productive classroom. Extroverts will also do well to learn how to be productive in “introverted” activities.

Dr. Kendall Hoyt says it best: “In order to be effective in this world, you must be able to communicate.

What are your strategies for dealing with introverted students? Share them in the comments below 🙂

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5 Powerful Strategies to Maximize Instruction Time and Learning

As a teacher, you are perpetually pressed for time. You have a syllabus to cover under a tight schedule. Many school events and activities can affect instruction time. There are even weather disturbances that threaten the instruction time you have planned really well for.

With a few tweaks in your routine and teaching strategy, you can maximize instruction time and learning in your classes.

Manage Learning Time

1. Master Classroom Management

One of the purposes of classroom management is to maximize instruction time and learning. The more you can get your students to focus on the material at hand, the more learning will happen in the classroom.

A lot of instruction time can be stolen when the class is not under a proper system. Students going off to toilet at any time, getting kids to settle down before lesson, or silly talking and playing can take precious minutes every lesson time and these adds up to hours throughout the school year.

Get a solid plan in place so that there are minimal distractions during your class.

2. Promote a Positive Learning Environment

Brain Based Science tells us that students learn better in a happy and positive environment. Know your students well. Develop a positive relationship with them. Praise them. Catch them doing good. Give positive and public recognition for deserving behavior and achievements. By doing so, they will be motivated to learn and behave well under your leadership.

Happy Children

3.  Set a time limit for each task.

As time is your most critical resource for instruction time, always give them a time limit for a task to keep their focus on it.

In relation to this, when planning your lesson, consider the time limits of your tasks so you do not cram in your lesson plan too many tasks and expect them to finish them all.

4. Get your students to participate.

Avoid Teacher-Centered Instruction. Remember that the student brain is a muscle rather than an empty vessel waiting for knowledge to pour in.

Incorporate paired activities and group activities. Get them talking and discussing with their classmates. Have them teach each other each tiny part of your lesson.  We learn much more when we try to teach the material to others.

5. Plan in advance!

What should you plan in advance? For one, you should plan in advance the key points you want your students to take away from your class. Have that list during your class time and use it to track your progress within the allocated class period.

Many times, we feel confident about our material that we overlook some major points we want to cover.

The other thing you should plan in advance is the homework. Make sure the homework will reinforce the major points you want your students to learn and master. The homework should serve as extension learning and not because you gave homework out of punishment or you ran out of time covering your material.

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What are your other strategies in maximizing instruction time? Share them in the comments below 🙂

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