Flipping Classrooms and Introverts

A recent article in The Atlantic questioned the value of flipped classrooms and collaborative learning for introverts.  As the author notes:

Many of my own high-school students regularly request extended sessions of silent reading. Some prefer learning with the fluorescent classroom lights off, instead relying on the softer sunlight coming in through the window. Some admit to enjoying the opportunity to work in a quiet room and are eager to write about certain prompts for as long as I let them. I used to think their ubiquitous earbuds were feeding their need for stimulation; now I wonder if they’re sometimes blocking out the noise.

As someone who can happily spend the day talking to no other human being, I can relate to the need for quiet.  But as someone who has also done sterling work while commuting on planes, trains, and buses, I also understand that the ability to focus no matter what your circumstances is a skill worth acquiring.  Finding quiet can come from within, but it takes practice.

Do you have a flipped classroom? How do you accommodate those who need to find quiet to learn?  And how else does it differ from a “regular” classroom? For example, do you use different materials (different textbooks or supplemental materials) from traditional style teaching?

BulbgraphOnOffWhen assigning students an unguided essay, remind them they can refer to the “How to Write an Essay” tutorial for help.

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Dr. Annelies Kamran is V.P. for Content and Product Development at WorldView Software, Inc.

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