In the interest of better understanding ourselves and others (children, families, and colleagues)…
For the sake of the students we teach who absorb our messages and who come to us with brains of all types …
Here are two though provoking articles shared with me by colleagues:
From Andrea (a mother and kindergarten teacher who is both hot and smart but values the latter over the former): How To Talk To Little Girls
From Maddie (a deliciously introverted artist coated in a talented English teacher shell):
Revenge The Introvert
Introverts as leaders?
This is an interesting op-ed article from the New York Times about leadership and introverted-ness. As we think about the children in our classrooms, the colleagues we work with, or the people in our lives, it’s important to remember (and granted I speak as an introvert myself) that introvertedness is not a social handicap. It is an alternative way of processing connections with others, sharing of oneself, and transforming the world around you for the better. Regardless of who you vote for tomorrow, regardless of who leads our country next, regardless of who you or the leaders you follow are: remember that children and people have so many different strengths, skills, and talents to offer. It is our job as educators to affirm and nurture these and thus create confident and capable leaders no matter where they fall on the extrovert/introvert continuum.