Inflection Point: Introverts and Education Styles

Photo of student reading a bookI found quite interesting this Atlantic article on the impact of new education approaches on introverted students. It provides a somewhat different slice on current education discussions.

The article suggests that one-third to one-half of people are introverts, and thrive best in quieter environments.  So, with greater focus on more active types of K12  learning approaches – group projects, flipped classrooms, oral presentations, libraries converted into active spaces – this may wear down true introverts who need more space and quiet to learn.

This insight doesn’t have to suggest that these active learning techniques aren’t valuable and often appropriate, just that more thought needs to go into true learning differentiation for the one-third to one-half of the population that might need more solitary time during the school day.



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