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The workshop is based on Susan Cain’s best-seller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking and her latest book written for middle-schoolers.
Classroom participation doesn’t have to mean talking, says trainer Heidi Kasevich.
Why not try drawing, writing or working in pairs?
Or, Kasevich suggests, have students walk around the room, writing ideas on tacked-up pieces of paper. They can respond to each other’s ideas — like a sort of silent dialogue.
Erica Corbin, who works at a private girls’ school in Manhattan, suggested quieting students who dominate the discussion. “W-A-I-T,” she says, also stands for: “Why Am I Talking?”
I was a talker — but I usually had something worth saying. If I was quiet, that meant I was reading to myself.