Quiet

Susan Cain. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking

I found this very helpful on a number of levels: reassurance that introversion is normal and valuable, tips for negotiating quiet space and time, historical and geographical comparisons. Asian and African societies tend to value introversion more than European and (especially) American.

Our Asian students may say they don’t wish to speak up in class because they are “shy,” but when they spoke more candidly in interviews, they described the “nonsense” and time-wasting chatter of students who participate without reflection. One way to encourage the Asian students to speak more might be to give them focused tasks of preparation (flipped-classroom style) so that they know they are bringing ideas of value to the discussion.

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