Center for Faculty Innovation

Quiet Strength in the Classroom: Engaging Introverts (Roundtable)

Thu, 7 Apr 2016 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Location:  Student Success Center Room 4042, morning snacks will be available.  

This roundtable will also be offered on Fri, Apr 8 at 12:30 PM in Rose Library

The active learning environment that we value in higher education today presents special challenges for students who might be identified as ‘introverted.’  A growing body of literature, including Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, indicates that the needs of introverted students are overlooked by instructional trends that privilege extroverted behavior.  Inward-thinking students who may have very insightful contributions to make find it difficult to participate in the classroom, preferring low-key environments that reward introspection.  Join us as we discuss inclusive teaching practices that draw on the quiet strength brought by students who tend toward introversion. 

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Recognizing introversion as a strength to be included in the classroom setting,
  • Reflecting on your response as a teacher to introverted students,
  • Evaluating common pedagogical strategies for the inclusion of introverted students, and
  • Considering how practices that enhance the experience of introverted students can improve learning for all students.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these teaching outcomes:

  • Appreciating pedagogy—the art and science of teaching and learning--as a significant higher education endeavor,
  • Identifying factors that influence pedagogical choices, and
  • Integrating knowledge of student development models in teaching philosophies and practice.


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