by Miss Yumee Kim
Our little learners are individuals in every sense of the word. Being an individual sets them apart from one another by the most noticeable features such as their height to the traits we do not see at first glance.
Introversion and extroversion are characteristics which are not limited to the playground. Our students’ personalities play a large factor in the way they learn and socialize with peers, as well as their energy levels. To ensure positive learning environments and practices for all children, we need to recognize the differences and levels of introversion and extroversion in each of our students.
The lists of qualities for extroverts and introverts is lengthy; however, according to the individual and situation, the student may vary in levels of extroversion and introversion. They may also exhibit a mix of the two qualities.
Extroverts are energized by being around other people, that is, they feed off of other people’s energy. These students are more likely to enjoy: collaborating with one another, presenting to a large audience and raising their hands during class discussion. They are able to verbally communicate their thoughts and ideas very well.
Introverts prefer doing things in solitude because it allows them to concentrate and put all their energy on the task at hand. This is why they excel in research and written communication. Even though they may not actively participate in class discussion, this does not mean that introverted students do not know the answer. They probably do, but do not like the thought of being in the spotlight!
Although extroverts and introverts are different, we still want to encourage them to step outside of their comfort zones and become well-rounded learners. Don’t forget to give words of positive affirmation whenever they do!
The ability to recognize and be aware of each child’s innate temperament allows educators to help our learners in the best way possible. By recognizing the levels of extroversion and introversion in each child, we as adults can examine and reflect on our own abilities to help all our students succeed in life in and out of school.