Teaching While Introverted

Social distancing is not intentional solitude. First, let’s get one thing clear: Introverts aren’t misanthropic hermits, and imposed isolation is not the same thing as peaceful solitude. Rather, introverts simply need a lot of quiet time by ourselves in order to recharge our intellectual, emotional, and physical batteries after social interactions. Introverts build and sustain strong connections with other people, but we balance community participation with solitary activity that refuels us.
With campus shutdowns, work-from-home orders, and compulsory isolation, there is no such balance anymore. Closures everywhere mean many introverts are home with family members 24/7 — sometimes in close quarters, sharply reducing opportunities for extended quiet solitude.
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