PGDE Social Subjects - Newsletter 2
Challenging the Extrovert Ideal in the Classroom
Without proffering cliches and stereotypes, the introverts in your class will likely prefer to reflect and think deeply. In the classroom setting, this can mean having a preference to work independently.
Introverts may prefer planning, enjoy brainstorming and considering all sides of something in their mind before taking the next step. They often prefer discussing things with one other person rather than in a large group.
Constantly being told to “speak up” and work with others during can cause stress or anxiety.
When you are designing tasks for your learners, remember that it may be focused, independent learning tasks in which some will shine brightest.
There are links to resources and some great
prompts in this article to help you plan for
the introverts in your lessons.
- Explore Modern Human Migration
- Bring History to Life with a 3D tour of Ancient Rome
- Map the route of Lewis and Clark as they explored the expanding United States.
- Use timelapse to examine changing land use, the warming planet and more.
- Use live data to visualise earthquakes around the world.
- Explore how wind becomes electricity
An extract from a longer post by Tom Sherrington - former HT, author and education consultant
"Based on my experience working with hundreds of teachers in numerous contexts, I’d suggest that one of the strategies with the biggest impact on the overall effectiveness of lessons is the routine use of cold-call questioning".
What is the key to cold calling working so well?
- The spirit is inclusive and invitational; it’s never a ‘gotcha’.
- Everyone’s contributions matter.
- Accountability and inclusion go hand in hand
- Everyone is made to think.
- The responses are responsive