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Cultivating the talents of quiet kids in the classroom




Teacher Arlene Lebowitz assists a student in her third-grade class during summer school in Chicago, Illinois.
Teacher Arlene Lebowitz assists a student in her third-grade class during summer school in Chicago, Illinois.
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It’s the advent of the introvert.

Author Susan Cain started a movement for the less gregarious among us when her book, “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” became a bestseller in 2012. Since then, cultivating the talents of people who prefer to work autonomously has gained attention, and not just in the office.

Early childhood educators are finding new techniques to teach quiet kids in the classroom.

So how do we include introverted children when grades may depend on participation? Finding ways to involve students without taking away the choice to work alone may be the key. And recognizing kids who don’t display charisma in a traditional sense may be new for teachers, but it’s also a worthwhile way to uncover the best and brightest who may go otherwise unnoticed.

How do you suggest educators reach out to introverted students? If you were a quiet kid, how did you navigate the landscape of classrooms that rewarded gregarious classmates?

Guest:

Heidi Kasevich, director of Quiet Education, a program that focuses on guiding school communities to cultivate inclusive cultures for introverted students. Quiet Education is based on Susan Cain’s book, “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”