A 28 year old educator from Texas submitted the following:
This question goes out to introverts who remember their school days and parents of introverted children in schools. Having struggled a lot in my schooling with the extrovert-oriented environment (from lots of games and speaking/reading aloud in the earlier years to group projects and “class participation” grades in later years…not to mention the full school days of non-stop peer interaction!), I wonder how other introverts have fared. As I became a teacher myself, I’ve noticed that a lot of other teachers tend to be extroverts and can harshly criticize and misunderstand introverted students, making frustrated comments like, “So-and-so doesn’t talk!” or “This class is too quiet!”
Has anyone found an introvert-friendly K-12 educational environment (thankfully, I’ve found education beyond that to be *much* more balanced and introvert-friendly)? Or, if you were to create such an environment, what would it look like?
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