I recently had the pleasure of watching the Susan Cain “Power of Introverts” video. As my previous submission for this assignment was deemed in an unsuitable format, I am reformatting it. My logic is that the first attempt was a week early so it cannot damage my grade to resubmit.
After watching the Susan Cain video, I have had some time to reflect and write about her themes and how they affect me. I will attempt to describe my opinions on the video, how to interact with introverts, and reflect on Cain’s “3 Calls to Action”.
Cain says the ratio of introverts in society numbers from a third to half of the population. I think she is correct here. Cain also states that introverts get higher grades. Perhaps this is because they are deeper thinkers in general? Are they more used to problem solving independently, and tend to write exams more successfully as a result? Or are they more creative from their inner solitude?
This may possibly be true (to a certain extent) in my institution. It might be in K-12. Does that make it easier for the K-12 students to learn? You could ask 100 different people and probably get 100 different answers.
The key to maximizing introverts’ talents is to put the introverts into a zone of stimulation. Be more accommodating to introverted behavior. Instead of forcing introverts to do things they don’t want to do, we should encourage them to be more autonomous (because that is when they are most creative.)
My research about introvertism led me to the table below, explaining the Myers-Briggs personality chart. You could divide the chart into 16 basic personality types, and the 16 types fall into 8 introvert types and 8 extrovert types.
The personality types are organized like this:
- 1st letter E (extroverted) or I (introverted)
- 2nd letter S (sensing) or N (intuitive)
- 3rd letter T (thinking) or F (feeling)
- 4th letter J (judging) or P (perceiving)
For example, I am ESTJ (Extroverted-Sensing-Thinking-Judging).So it turns out that being an introvert is not really that black-and-white. Personality types are sort of like 16 shades of grey. And although we may not know the exact personality type of each individual, it helps to be aware that not everyone thinks like yourself.
In my current class, the majority of the students are 19-21 years old, but I have 1 student who is in his 50’s. The older student is a new Canadian, and is quieter than the millennial students. He is clearly intelligent, is polite and quick to smile, and I enjoy having him in the class. At times he has a language barrier, and doesn’t understand a concept. He will seek me out privately and ask for an explanation. Since I don’t speak his native language, I try my best to explain slowly and clearly.
Cain wraps up her video with her 3 Calls to Action:
- Stop the Madness for Constant Group Work
- Go to the Wilderness
- Look at What is Inside of Your Own Suitcase
- a) I received some feedback that some of my students did not like the pairing I put them in last term. I tried to combine the more experienced students together and the less experienced students together. I didn’t think it would have been fair to purposely pair up stronger and weaker students because it was of my opinion that it wasn’t fair to the stronger students; it would slow them down. This, in hindsight, may have been a self-fulfilling prophesy. I tried to mark everyone fairly, and everyone got through all the labs. In future labs, I will try my best have students work more autonomously. That way they can learn on their own and maybe get more out of the course.
- a) When I am feeling the stress of modern life, I like to spend some outdoor time. Fresh air does wonders, and it helps me relax. Light physical activity is good physically and mentally. Works for me.
- a) It is important to have something or someone that you are proud of. As an instructor, it is important that I engage each student fairly, and provide a positive learning experience. Every student is an adult who has chosen my field. I am proud of that and I want to make my enthusiasm evident.
According to Elizabeth Barkley (2010) in her text “Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty” (2010 Jossey-Bass), student engagement is the product of Active Learning and Motivation.
It is my goal to continuously improve my skills in providing a positive learning environment for all my students. I will continue my PIDP studies put the theories to practice.
 Introversion is one of the major personality traits identified in many theories of personality. People who are introverted tend to be inward turning, or focused more on internal thoughts, feelings and moods rather than seeking out external stimulation.
 Extroversion is a core factor of personality and is difficult to modify. But generally speaking, the only people bothered by extroverts’ volubility and drive are the introverted members of their circle!