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So Quiet : Engaging the Silent Student

Educators often construe a quiet classroom as proof of their students’ disengagement, ennui, or lack of preparation. While some quiet students are shy or introverted, silence may also reflect lack of confidence. Understanding that silence can have several meanings, and developing activities that invite students into an alternative conversational space where quiet is respected, can help to successfully engage introverts and help them to develop voice, connection, and confidence.

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Learning Objectives

  1. Attendees will participate in three activities that can be utilized in both brick-and-mortar and online classrooms.
  2. Participants will learn how to introduce, facilitate and debrief these activities.
  3. During the debrief we will explore lessons learned from these activities, and the applicability of these activities to learners across the lifespan.



Molly Greenberg, Education Industry Analyst & Content Mgr, 2U Inc

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