Because only 30 percent of the people on the planet are introverts, most of the school activities in and out of the classroom are designed for extroverted people. When teaching children, motivation can be particularly difficult with introverted children. Presented here are several classroom activities that favor the introverted child. Remember, the purpose of this article is to present you with activities to help motivate introverted student and help them succeed.
Given the technology in the modern classroom, setting up competitive Internet games that are educational will give the edge to the introverted child. Focusing on a single project that interests them is one way they can excel. Games such as Sudoku or a number of variations of Solitaire where even if you don’t complete the game, the computer gives you points for advancing levels.
The creation of a time capsule to be buried for future generations is a small group project that not only helps the introverted child interact with extroverted children, but where there is a defined level of success. If done indoors, the children can draw or paint what should be in the capsule. This gives the introverted child the space he or she needs to do the work, but also enables them to show their ideas to a small group. If done outdoors, they can partner up with other children in search for the contents of the time capsule.
Short story competitions can be done at most grade levels and are one of the strong suits of an introverted child. This activity allows them their own space while being able to create fantasy themes. The result does not have to be Shakespeare, and the winning is subjective, but other children will see and hear the introverted child’s ability. Being accepted for who they are is a forward step in the greater social scheme.
Introverted children should not be seen as having special needs as much as they need to be understood as having a different perspective of classroom and social environments. Instead of trying to force such children to become extroverts, they should be taught how to deal with a world that is primarily extroverted. Classroom activities conducted in small groups or where technology is used to create individually competitive educational games are two ways to draw out the strengths of the introvert. Education does not have to change to accommodate the introverted child, but the way it is administered can adapt to the child’s personality in an inclusive environment.