I have been thinking recently about how I will meet the needs of ELLs who also happen to be introverts. We don’t think about those kiddos much. And we should.
I got asked a great question about how Project Based Learning (PBL) can fit introverted learners. This is a commonly overlooked learner population since most teachers are extroverts. In response to that inquiry I wrote out a series of suggestions that I believe can help adapt PBL to introverts (and ELL or ESL students).
Introverts make up a good proportion of my class, and, together, we have developed strategies to allow them recharging time and give them opportunities to participate. I permit students to turn in summative assessments as individual projects, but the formative assessments I give are usually heavier on collaborative work. The activities in my classroom are constantly up for negotiation, and my students feel comfortable giving feedback about specific lessons and larger units.
Ultimately I believe in Universal Design, meaning that a well-designed and appropriately implemented strategy will benefit all learners. Finding those activities that serve…
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