Give introverts a dose of the ‘silent treatment’

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There’s no doubt about it: classrooms are loud places. They’re also, interpersonally, very demanding. For most, this isn’t a problem. But for a silent minority it can leave them really struggling: introverts.

They’re the kids whose parents are told: “They are really quiet and would benefit from sharing more of their answers in class,” at parents’ evening, and the members of staff who are invisible during staff meetings.

But there are several things that we can do to help both introverted pupils and teachers flourish at school, says English teacher Jamie Thom. Let’s start with his advice for ...

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