Several decades ago there was a young girl who did not seem as all her peers: she was not as active as the environment expected her to be, she did not spend leisure playing outside with her friends, she was not talkative, instead this cute girl enjoyed quiet and calm atmosphere. Growing up to the age of 7, she was said it was time to open the doors of school. The girl was imbued with excitement and wanted to study hard. However, her pious beliefs about schooling were not lived up because she felt pressure both from her first teacher and new classmates.
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One of the obstacles in an educational society, which I want to amplify in today’s blog, is the marginalization of introverts’ learning style. From my personal experience (since I define myself as an introvert), I have realized that in most of cases introverts are misunderstood by their peers and educators. For this reason, I decided to depict the nature of introverted students and to give some useful tips for teachers.
Firstly, the most common occasion when introverts’ learning style is almost fully ignored is group works. Usually introverts do not contribute much in such tasks as group works and discussions, and it is not for the reason they do not want to share opinion with others or they have nothing to bring to the table. It happens because introverted students tend to listen carefully for others’ opinion, think and analyze it for themselves, and only after that decide whether they should offer their thought or not. However, extrovert learners and instructors are likely to suppose this sort of students is too slow, passive, or inane since it seems like they do not care about the task at all meanwhile introverts try their best to understand the topic and produce great idea which deserves to be underpinned. So, in order to encourage introverts to become active in group works, making them leave their comfort zone, it is better to set special role (as note taker, time manager, monitor, etc) for each member of the group.
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Secondly, introverts’ learning style requires time to think. It is normal for extraverts to think aloud during their speech as they are more likely have the ability to think in a very quick pace, while introverts need to be given a chance to organize and cull what to say. For instance, when an instructor asks me a spontaneous question I start panic even if I am familiar with all assigned readings, and there appears the felling I cannot respond quickly. Thus, it ends up with messing up everything when actually I know the right answer. That’s why I believe teachers should let introverted students to take a minute to formulate their speech instead of pushing on them by requiring immediate answer.
Experienced what is being a student like, I came to an inference that introverted students should be allowed to be themselves simply because it is their nature, and there is nothing wrong with them. Let’s appreciate the diversity of students’ temperaments in a classroom and assist both introverts and extraverts to gain knowledge in equal rights.