Are you an introvert or an extrovert? What about your children? Introversion is not only misunderstood, it is often under appreciated. The introverted person is not necessarily shy (as it is often assumed), but thoughtful, hard working, innovative and often gifted. They are often quiet because their energy comes from within, where they enjoy exploring their thoughts and feelings.
Open offices, classrooms organized at tables instead of neat rows of desks, focus on projects and presentations, and many other trends at school and in the workplace are challenges for the introverted. Distractions can overwhelm an introvert. In her book ‘Quiet’, author Susan Cain discusses these challenges, as well as the related (and generally unnoticed) capabilities of the introvert. Here is an interview with Susan Cain where she discusses introverts in the classroom with the NEA.
For those of you who want more, Susan Cain also has a Ted Talk on the Power of Introverts.