Extroverts and introverts often handle the demands of teaching very differently. One expectation for teachers is that they will interact and engage with students all day long. Extroverts tend to perceive this situation as very socially isolating because they are interacting with children, but not other adults. This isolation can lead many extroverted teachers to reach out during natural breaks in the day to intentionally build relationships with other staff members. Introverts can mistakingly perceive these extroverted behaviors as or pushy, demanding, or even rude.
In contrast, the constant interaction with students can lead introverted teachers to feel tired and in much need of down time to recharge. Introverts often prefer to spend their lunches or other natural breaks in the day alone so they are recharged for the rest of the day. As a result, many introverted teachers can struggle to build relationships with other staff members, being perceived by extroverts as shy, aloof, or even snobby. This post will share strategies for introverted teachers to help build relationships at work while still maintaining your sanity.