The need for solitude

This guest-blogging has been a great experience. Thanks again to Joanne Jacobs for inviting me, and thanks to all of you who commented. I will post one more piece this evening, on the subject of returning to one’s old school.

In the meantime, you are welcome to read my Education Week Commentary, “Solitude: A Flashlight Under the Covers.”


  1. Tracy W says:

    Thank you for your stimulating blog posts.

  2. I enjoyed the article. As an individual that needs a certain amount of alone time every day to feel fully functional, I feel a bit saddened for some of those kiddos that may never know the satisfaction of extended quite and contemplation. I wonder that some of them don’t freak-out and feel quite overwhelmed; I know I would have in their circumstances.

  3. I really appreciated the article. As a horrible introvert myself, I try to recognize the need for quiet time that some of my students are going to need in order to process information and figure things out. Some get along great with the groupwork, but the independent thought process can be just as valuable.

    One thing we need to help these kids understand when they need that quiet time independently is that it’s OK to turn off the technology. If you’re at home and you don’t want to be disturbed, turn off the phone, don’t fire up your instant messenger. Just sit quietly and do whatever you’d like with your own time.