Prefer to curl up with a good book than socialize? Prefer working alone to group work? Ever “faked” extroversion because its America’s cultural ideal? In her book, “Quiet! The Power of Introverts in a world that Can’t Stop Talking”, Susan Cain dispels the myth that introversion is a terrible hidden flaw that needs to be “fixed”. Perhaps not surprisingly, college instructors are often introverted. Let’s read and discuss why this can be a very good thing, but also the need to “balance” introversion and extroversion. The discussion will be led by an introvert (Suzanne Stangl-Erkens) and an extrovert (Wendy Bjorklund).
This book may make you reconsider how you teach. Cain’s research challenges the commonly held assumptions that teamwork cooperative learning, and brainstorming are all they’re cracked up to be. Cain may also expand your definition of what constitutes student (and collegial) “participation”.
Go to the website http://www.thepowerofintroverts.com/quiet-quiz-are-you-an-introvert/ to take the “Quiet Quiz”.