Part of the Process

Thoughts on becoming a teacher.

Introverts

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I keep thinking about Ayer’s myths of teaching in the first chapter of To Teach, in particular Myth 6: Good Teachers Are Good Performers. Ayer’s goes on to say that “often good teachers are not charismatic and are not exhibitionists”.

When I read this, it recalled to mind a conversation I had several years ago with Xiu-Li, an Infant Teacher at the child care center where I work. She said she didn’t think the older children would like her, because she is quiet. I thought about about the idea that often people who interact with young children do so in the role of an entertainer. But, even really young children appreciate authentic interactions. Our conversation led us to the conclusion that children relate to many different personality types, but being real is the important thing.

As a more reserved person myself, I felt validated by Ayer’s Myth #6. I came across a similar thought process on The Spicy Learning Blog. I appreciate the idea of introverts making more space for the personalities of the students to come out.

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  1. Your thoughts here are so true. I have a child who is quite social, but at times enjoys quiet. However, he has friends (all preschool age) who span the gambit. Other moms are often wondering if their child is too quiet or shy. They worry they won’t be able to find appropriate preschool settings or that someone will think their child is ‘off’ for being so quiet and reserved. It’s wonderful when reflective nurturers and educators are true to themselves and offer these different adult-to-chld experiences. Imagine the quiet child who has the most social parents on the planet! They will adore the opportunity to interact with another important adult that demonstrates being reserved isn’t ‘different’ or ‘off’, but just another way of ‘being’.

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