Full confession here. I am about as extroverted as a person can be. Yet, I am married to an introvert and raised one. Until that experience, I didn’t fully realize how skewed our educational system is towards the extroverts. If you think about it, it makes sense. I would imagine most teachers lean towards or are extroverts. Our training programs are definitely structured to create the ideal classroom environment for an extroverted child.
Unfortunately, the same lesson plans and classroom environment that will send an extroverted child into squeals of delighted learning can overwhelm an introverted child. If the child is extremely introverted, many of the things we do can cause them to shut down from the stress they get from the environment. Without proper guidance, an introverted child may not be achieving his/her potential because of the ways the material is being presented.
There are actually a couple of simple things you can do to make your class more beneficial to your introverted students: