Tips for Better Collaboration with Introverts

Tips for Better Collaboration with Introverts

Tips for Better Collaboration with Introverts

(NAPSI)—The rise of student choice, greater competition, and social networking has spurred a shift in the school environment that is emphasizing collaboration with teachers, activities, and grades. But this shift also has implications for who can work in collaborative environments and who can’t.

Those working outside of their comfort zone and creative spaces may be considered introverts. They may feel uneasy communicating with others, feel separated from others, and may avoid speaking in meetings and arguing with colleagues.

However, even those comfortable communicating, arguing, and debating with others can experience resistance to speaking up, being heard, or asking for help in a collaborative setting.

Here are five ways Introverts might experience resistance in a collaborative environment, according to MindShift, an electronic classroom teacher resource from leading web series MindShift:

• Introverts may feel confused or uncomfortable with the guidelines and expectations in a classroom.

• They may feel anxious or apprehensive, unsure of how to communicate or be heard.

• They may wonder if there is a position available for them, not sure if they want one, or feel resentful for losing a job.

• They may face backlash from their peers and teachers.

• They may prefer to communicate privately to their individual colleagues.

Our recommended actions are to manage distractions, treat others with kindness, and speak up whenever possible. Find clues in your own experiences whether or not you can manage these challenges. Try to move through the day with an optimism that it is going to be all right, MindShift says.

To protect yourself, consider practicing “harmonic listening,” MindShift says. Percussion is a type of nonverbal communication that is identified by changeable beat patterns, color, movement, and mood.

While this is easier said than done, make sure you practice making sounds that harmonize with your words. If you are worried that this may trigger a problem, consider dealing with the same challenges in one room.

Here are three smart ideas to get started:

• Practice making sounds that have a heartbeat and a theme to balance your daily conversation and interaction with the children. Sometimes small things can make a big difference.

• Point your smart device toward the space where you are communicating with other people, rather than the total area around you.

• Use remote listening software that can be accessed on your cell phone or laptop so you can hear what the other person is saying while processing what you want to say.

“Just as you are, so is your class,” the company said. “You just need to create the right environment for yourself.”

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