World Introvert Day Jan 2nd 2024 👆🏼

Teaching is an appealing career option for people who find satisfaction in helping others grow and develop. While anybody with a passion for teaching can become a teacher, it’s easy to assume that this career is best suited for outgoing people, also known as extroverts. However, introverts make up an estimated 25-40% of the population, so several teachers are likely out there who are introverted. If you are passionate about teaching but feel your personality doesn’t make you shine, here are a few tips to help you break that misconception.

  1. Do not commit to a myriad of activities

Teachers are blessed when it comes to partaking in extracurricular activities in schools. Besides teaching, they also act as coaches, chaperones, event organizers, and so much more. Being introverted, it’s likely that you have tried to fit many caps on in a bid to seem more outgoing and help you fit in better. 

While it is totally good to be involved in school activities, you might quickly find yourself tired when your decision to volunteer doesn’t come from genuine interest. On the other hand, if you are passionate about an activity like sports, music, or debate, you will find it easy to enjoy this experience and not see it as a task. When you are interested in something, your introversion wouldn’t matter. Even in awkward situations, your interest would drive you to push through because you know the rewards are greater. 

You can also volunteer for other activities that are more skewed towards introverts. These activities could include any behind-the-scenes tasks like preparing flyers and decorating projects. 

  1. Use digital communication

Gone are the days when communication with parents, students, and other colleagues was mainly face-to-face or over the telephone, which could be extremely overwhelming to introverted teachers. These days, digital communication has provided a platform for exchanging information that does not require coming into direct contact. It is very common to communicate by email or text. 

It is also very common to hold a virtual class where the environment can be social yet less noisy and distracting. It is easier to control your classroom environment and use online teaching tools to enhance your classroom learning system

  1. Talk to other teachers

One of the best things you can do is talk to your colleagues about your introversion. Although all teachers have unique personalities, they easily recognize the stresses of the job. 

The chances are that other introverted teachers might be able to understand where you’re coming from and can support you from time to time. Others might also be touched by your openness and also share their insecurities. You can open up the discussion lightheartedly to get a feel of how your colleagues are receptive to the topic. Sometimes humor helps others relax and open up more about their experiences. 
The misconception that introverts cannot be teachers is extremely outdated. Once you are passionate about teaching, your personality should not interfere with your performance ability. You can be yourself and be an excellent teacher. Instead, make the most out of your introversion. It is only a personality trait.