Teacher Thoughts on Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking Part 3

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I am in the process of reading Quiet:The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Instead of going off on one big rant I am breaking my thoughts, questions, concerns up into smaller bite size bits of wisdom.

You can check out the earlier thoughts over in the sidebar of the blog.

I shared this image on Instagram the other day, but I did not take time to talk about it.

This passage has me stuck in neutrel. I keep coming back to this sentence and reading it over and over. This really speaks volumes. Here we have Stanford Business School showing that they really think that verbal fluency(speaking) and sociability are the top two predictors. Is this the case? What do you think?

I don’t know. I guess I never gave pause before to really think about what is needed to be successful specifically. As a teacher we strive on the notion that students need to work and develop the tools needed to work in groups with people who differ from you in all types of levels from intelligence, gender, race, quiet, loud, etc. The key in school is to get them working with people who are not part of their circle of friends. I know we all have said at one point or the other when issues arrive at the table that students need to learn to work through it as in the real world. But, I don’t know that we specifically teach verbal fluency and sociability.

Should we?

In our school we have speech class and students give presentations and such, but I don’t know that we teach specifics of verbal fluency. Sociability is one that I am not quite sure you can teach.

Or perhaps I am overthinking this completely because another part of me believes that times have changed. You might not be the best verbal speaker and maybe lack social skills, but with technology and being able to hide behind a computer screen(like I am doing right now) we can come out of our shells while still being introverts. We can do things needed to be successful while not really needing these skills. Is this an old way of thinking? Is it an old way of thinking that just looks different today and we can now make ends meet through technology?

I told you my brain was spinning and I am only to page 48!

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Teacher Thoughts on Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking Part 2

I am in the process of reading Quiet:The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Instead of going off on one big rant I am breaking my thoughts, questions, concerns up into smaller bite size bits of wisdom.

You can check out the earlier thoughts over in the sidebar of the blog.

I shared this image on Instagram the other day, but I did not take time to talk about it. This statement really stood out to me. I think as a general population this statement rings true. We tend to follow the more outspoken people whether that is in a staff meeting, concert, parties, etc. We gravitate towards these people because they have the confidence to share their thoughts and ideas. What I find striking is that there is no data to support this stereotype or should I dare say misconception(or possible misconception as some are really bright and intelligent).

As an educator of gifted children I know firsthand this to be true. I have students who rarely speak and have a very hard time talking and engaging in conversation. It is sometimes hard to not wonder if they are as gifted as the numbers and data show, but you know deep down there is something amazing inside. The key is to find ways to bring these wonderful ideas and insights to the surface. The goal here is not to make them something they are not, but to help understand and develop tools to held aid them in engaging with others so that perhaps their creative outlets can bring positive change to the world.

I am curious about your thoughts about this statement? What do you think, do you perceive talkers as smarter?
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Teacher Thoughts on Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking Part 1

I am in the process of reading Quiet:The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. I am about 100 pages in the book and I feel the need to stop and talk about what I have read. This book is really spinning me around quite a bit because I feel like I am reading this at a pivotal time in my teaching career. As a whole, I am an introvert. I have strived very hard to work on “introvertness” to come out of my shell and take on the traits of extroverts. I feel like I have made some pretty huge strides. Reading this book is helping me to understand that perhaps who I am is okay!

Secondly, we live in a world that stresses teamwork, communication, sociability, group activities, etc. I see this in schools and in the real world. Reading this book is a good reminder that there are times that this does not always serve the main goal at hand. There are times and situations where being an introvert is better or at least acceptable.

Third, without going on a major rant because I know my longer posts rarely get read all the way, but this book hits me right on the head as we look at how we go about screening for our gifted education program and this is giving me pause to stop and rethink things a bit before shaking things up.

Enough of my personal thoughts with the reading. I will break these thoughts down into smaller, simpler chunks than this long rant that I am currently on.

So, for now the beginning of the book opens with some key examples of important works of art, ideas, and influence all from introverts.

Reading Quiet by Susan Caindd

My question for you is twofold:

 

1. What are your general thoughts about introverts?

 

2. What other important elements of life, history, arts, etc. have come from introverts that are not on this list above?

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