Classroom Group Work is NOT the same as Classroom Interaction

Group work is bad. One student always ends up carrying the water. Grading can be unfair.

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Group work is not to be confused with intellectual interaction and discussion among students. There is something very depressing about a pre-class group of students assembled in a room texting rather than talking with each other. Classroom discussion should be encouraged, but assignments should be completed independently.

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All of this relates to Introversion and Extroversion. All humans exhibit both tendencies in various ways.

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Susan Cain has written an interesting book entitled: Quiet.

She has a teacher’s guide, too.

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Watch her great Ted talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0KYU2j0TM4

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She speaks of the importance of allowing, even encouraging, introverts to go off and contemplate their own thoughts, much as Buddha did. She warns of the over-use of group work and reminds us not to pay more attention to extroverts . . .

because Introverts often have the most profound things to say.

Today’s assignment: Do some solitary contemplation. Perhaps go for a solitary walk. Think great thoughts. Smile.