Susan Cain launched a website this week to support her ongoing efforts to support the "Quiet Revolution" she started with her book Quiet (opens in new tab). In case you are unfamiliar with her work, Cain has done some groundbreaking work to change the perception that individuals are either introverts or extroverts. The reality, as Cain details, is that it is much more complicated than that.
In addition, for those of us who work in schools, Cain's work is important in helping us find ways to support students who may be more reserved. The website has a section dedicated to supporting kids and some great reading material for teachers and parents including the following:
- Class Participation: Let's Talk About It - By Jessica Lahey
- Participation Penalizes Quiet Learners - By Meg Riordan and Emily J. Klein
- Surviving as an Introverted Mother - By Kristen Howerton
There are also sections to support adults and in the workplace and in their personal lives.
So, I encourage you to check out this new website and add the book (Quiet (opens in new tab)) to your summer reading list. At the very least check out Cain's TED Talk, The Power of Introverts, below!
cross-posted at www.patrickmlarkin.com
Patrick Larkin is the Assistant Superintendent for Learning of Burlington Public Schools in Burlington, MA and the former principal of Burlington High. He blogs about education at www.patrickmlarkin.com.