Gifted intervention specialists have their hands full. Having a class with students who are gifted with many of these students having personalities that range from introverted to extroverted. Students who are gifted have unique needs that need to be supported, such as being multipotentiality, having perfectionistic behaviors, being twice exceptional, or having underachievement behaviors. Not students who are gifted are the same, and therefore need to be supported differently and at times individually.
In this post we will explore a few ways to support our introverts. Many times just doing a few things in your classroom can have a big impact on their learning.
1. Create classroom spaces where introverts can feel comfortable. Having little nooks and crannies in your classroom can help introverts be more comfortable. Also, make spaces where small groups can cogitate to learn and discuss things. This will also introverts to socialize along with having some personal space they can feel comfortable in.
2. Incorporate short activities or games that encourage socialization in your classroom. By using activities such as chess, checkers, rubric cubes, or other board games it can take the stress out of socialization and forced conversation.
3. Post the schedule for the day and/or month. By posting your schedule you are using nonverbal communication which is a form of communication many introverts often use. On your calendar post tests, quizzes, due dates, and of you can when you will be out. This will help your introverts prepare for a different teacher who may not know them.
What do you do to help support your students who are gifted and introverted?