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

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