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Results for the TLC workshop, “Introverts, Extroverts and Ambiverts in the Classroom,” are in, and Michael and I are very pleased with your responses. Thanks to all of you who gave us a bunch of great ideas about how to improve the workshop going forward! A few of you said you would like to have gone through the powerpoint more thoroughly, and would have liked less discussion and a bit more lecture. Great! Of course, after having done the Intro/Extrovert quiz, I now know why: nearly all of us in the room were introverts, and we’re all more comfortable with lectures than with discussion, aren’t we?

Another great source for classroom strategies that Michael mentioned at the end of the workshop is called “Active & Cooperative Learning” from the good folks at the Foundation for Critical Thinking. The mini book provides 27 simple ideas for the improvement of instruction and costs only $3.

Michael and I hope in a follow-up blog to come up with a master list of the great ideas participants had about how to engage both introverts and extroverts in the classroom. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the powerpoint, just write us (Michael Popowitz [popowits@uic.edu] and Rob Ryder [rryder@uic.edu]).

Now that I’ve blogged (I really never do, so this is something way out of my field of comfort as an self-proclaimed introvert), I’m going back now to what Brian Little calls a restorative niche…