Caring for Your Introvert

Jonathan Rauch, The Atlantic, Feb 25, 2003
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Maybe it links to learning styles and maybe it doesn't. I don't know. But certainly it links to learning. Like the author, I am also an introvert. What does that mean? "After an hour or two of being socially 'on,' we introverts need to turn off and recharge. My own formula is roughly two hours alone for every hour of socializing. This isn't antisocial. It isn't a sign of depression. It does not call for medication. For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating." Now think about how we structure traditional learning: hours on end of very public engagement. If I could have said anything to my teachers during my education it would have been something like, "Give me some space, I'll get back to you when I'm ready." Of course responses like that usually landed me in the principal's office.
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