Tips for Teaching: The Brain Game

Teaching Strategies for Introverted vs. Extroverted Students


  • Erica L. Martin Seattle University



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Many common teachings strategies reward in-the-moment participation over a pause for deliberation, putting introverts at a disadvantage. Rectifying this imbalance requires us as educators to be aware of the inherent differences between the brains and processing mechanisms of introverts and extroverts, and to develop teaching tools designed to produce the best results for all students in our classrooms.

Author Biography

Erica L. Martin, Seattle University

Lecturer, School of Theology and Ministry, Seattle University


Cain, Susan. 2013. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’s Stop Talking. New York: Crown.

Fiorenza, Elisabeth Schüssler. 2009. Democratizing Biblical Studies. Louisville: Westminster John Knox.

Laney, Marti Olsen. 2002. The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extroverted World. New York: Workman Publishing Company.

Stoddard, Melissa and Alexis McMillan-Clifton. 2013. “No I am Not Shy!: Engaging Students and Empowering Introverts.” Conference presentation at the Lily Conference on College & Academic Teaching and Learning, Bethesda, MD, May 30-June 2.




How to Cite

Martin, E. (2014). Tips for Teaching: The Brain Game: Teaching Strategies for Introverted vs. Extroverted Students. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 43(3), 39–46.



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