Bulletin for the Study of Religion, Vol 43, No 3 (2014)

Tips for Teaching: The Brain Game— Teaching Strategies for Introverted vs. Extroverted Students

Erica L. Martin
Issued Date: 19 Sep 2014


Many common teachings strategies reward in-the-moment participation over a pause for deliberation, putting introverts at a disadvantage. Rectifying this imbalance requires us as educators to be aware of the inherent differences between the brains and processing mechanisms of introverts and extroverts, and to develop teaching tools designed to produce the best results for all students in our classrooms.

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DOI: 10.1558/bsor.v43i3.39


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