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10 Reasons Why Extroverted Teachers Rock the Education World

10 Reasons Why Extroverted Teachers Rock the Education World

By Marianne Stenger

Both introverted and extroverted people make excellent teachers because each personality type has its own unique strengths. In fact, in an ideal world, all schools would have a balanced mix of both introverted and extroverted teachers in order to accommodate different types of students.

Since we recently looked at why introverted teachers rule the education world, we also wanted to show some love to all the wonderful extroverted teachers out there. So without further ado, here are ten reasons extroverted teachers rock the education world.

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Confidence

Extroverts exude confidence and this personality trait certainly comes in handy when standing in front of a class full of energetic and, at times, unruly children or teenagers. Extroverted teachers have no problem being assertive and are happiest when they can be the center of attention by giving presentations, facilitating group discussions, and finding new ways to engage and inspire their students.

Sociable Nature

Extroverted teachers are sociable and outgoing by nature, so interacting with students both in one-on-one and group settings is something that comes naturally to them. They love being around other people and expressing their thoughts and ideas, and this helps them draw students out of their shell and get them talking and thinking about what they’re learning.

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Passionate

Did you ever have a teacher who was so passionate about a particular topic that you just couldn’t help wanting to learn more about it? Research shows that when students are passionately engaged in their learning, they’re more likely to recall what they’ve learned.

So when extroverted teachers get excited about something, their energy and passion for the topic carries over to the students and inspires them to delve deeper into the topics they’re learning about and start looking for answers on their own.

Approachable

Because they love interacting with other people, extroverted teachers generally have an open door policy and are viewed as friendly and easy to talk to by both students and fellow teachers. Their easy-going nature means they are often the first to be approached when students have a question or problem.

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Collaboration

Another aspect of extroverted teachers’ passionate nature is that they enjoy exchanging ideas and learning from those around them. This means they not only collaborate with the teachers who work alongside them, but also use Twitter, blogs and other 21st century tools to share their experiences more widely and get insights into what teachers in other districts or even countries are doing differently.

Problem-solving

Extroverted teachers are good at communicating and generally don’t shy away from difficult conversations. When problems arise their first instinct is to help students talk things through in order to get to the bottom of the issue and find a workable solution. This approach helps students to practice important communication skills and learn about collaboration and brainstorming techniques.

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Leadership

Extroverts are naturally drawn to leadership roles and research from the University of North Carolina shows that 96% of executives and managers display extroverted characteristics. Extroverted teachers don’t shy away from responsibility and feel comfortable taking charge, which means they tend to enjoy leading meetings, stepping in for absent colleagues, or planning school trips and events.

Altruism

Because of their sociable nature, extroverted teachers are always on the lookout for new opportunities to interact with and relate to others. This means if a student needs some extra guidance or a fellow teacher asks for advice they are usually more than willing to step in and lend a helping hand.

Resilience

Research shows that extroverted teachers are less likely to suffer from burnout, because extroverted teachers thrive in social environments, which makes them more resilient to the daily stressors in their line of work. They’re able to take things like noisy classrooms, chaotic lunchrooms, and hectic parent-teacher conferences in stride and switch from one activity to the next with surprising ease.

More: 3 Simple Ways to Manage Teacher Workload Stress

Openness

Extroverted teachers are open to new ways of doing things and love experimenting with the latest educational technology. Although at times extroverted teachers may lack focus and flit too quickly from one new idea to the next, their adventurous nature and love of change often opens up great opportunities, especially when they’re able to collaborate with introverted teachers who can balance out their enthusiasm with a more cautious approach.

Are you an extroverted teacher? What do you see as your personal strengths and what are some of the areas you’d like to improve in? Let us know in the comments.

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