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  • Tricia Friedman wrote a new post, Intentional Introversion, on the site Kindling for the Campfire 1 year, 8 months ago

    quiet flickr photo by hoodoo youdo shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license
    A little Quiet is quintessential for schools
    Schools are remarkably social places. Conversations are the lifeblood of a […]

    • I love reading about introverted behaviors. I feel comfortable (professionally) working alone or with others. Personally, I am more introverted, preferring “four quarters to one hundred pennies” when it comes to hanging out in groups. I often think of those who are less likely to push forward in a meeting – and I wonder what we are missing out on, collectively, when we don’t make room for these people to share their ideas. I often will share with students about my shyness. This always draws attention because I don’t come across as shy in the classroom. More and more, I think it is so important to drop the facade and let students in on what we are going through as learners as well. My new principal-to-be is an advocate for the introvert. Mostly the ideas she has shared have been with respect to students. I am really excited to share this post with her to get her perspective on this idea in relation to teachers. I am intrigued to hear her take on this. Sometimes I wonder if these reflective practices can be ‘taught’ or if they are only going to flourish when the push for them comes from the individual? I then think of the hastags #cultivate and #distill = when we pare back the busy work and distill down to what is really important, can we help to cultivate an expectation of reflection and sharing? There are so many things out there that are great for learning, but what do we need to take away in order to add more in? (#thanksAmy)

      • I think even the most extroverted of us still needs the occasional space and time–sometimes I worry we have pigeonholed learners as being one or the other, when a blend seems more realistic. Yes to that question about subtraction. I think Chip Heath wrote about this in one of his books when he spoke about ‘To Don’t Lists.’ Hopefully I’m crediting the right book. What would be on the top of your ‘To Don’t’ List? We’ve added so much to our expectations of what school is and can do–but I think we can do a better job of letting the expired ideas (whose time has come to exit) go.

        • Honestly, I would start with photocopying. I think if you took the photocopier away it would revolutionize education. Seriously! No chance to bulk produce the dreaded worksheet. For those who use templates, it would be a chance to show this framework as one way of thinking but allow kids to modify their own. Kids could create the learning they need. I am not saying get rid of paper but let’s start with the worksheet. If you need any convincing, watch this:

    • Hi Louisa,
      Thank you for your comment–you are right, the protocols and support are incredibly important. I think of it as conversation curation–and increasingly I feel that is a skill we all need to flex as educators.
      Your comment makes me think a better name for this challenge might have been ‘Get Caught Thinking.’ It does take a certain amount of bravery to share ideas, question them, collaboratively mull them over: but don’t we have a responsibility to model that?
      PS sometimes you are also more like Sporty-Spice 🙂

    • Wow–thank you for reading and for the compliment 🙂