Remus Zhong, Singaporean born and bred, loves to ruminate over nuggets of wisdom and chunks of knowledge he gathers from books. From this lifelong habit, he has learned to form coherent ideas from disparate bits of information, a skill that has served him well as an educator, author, and speaker.
Once a student of Singapore’s world-class education system, Remus recalls the struggles he faced with lesson concepts that he could not figure out. Through experience and observation, he now recognizes that once a subject is perceived to be confusing, it becomes distasteful to the learner. As an educator specializing in English, Biology and Chemistry, he strives to present his topics to his learners in a manner that is clear and easy to grasp.
Through Remus’ years of experience, he found that learning is especially effective when its delivery is memorable and impactful. To improve his skills, he watches and models stand-up comedians and prominent professional speakers. What he learns from them, he applies to himself and polishes over time. As a firm advocate of excellent public speaking and presentation skills — and the immeasurable value of passing on knowledge — he actively encourages and
coaches others to stand up and speak up.
Remus wrote The Introvert Teacher after he realized that it is not a disadvantage to be different from his gregarious, extroverted colleagues. As an introvert, he builds rapport easily in small group settings and is keenly observant, able to notice subtle changes in the mood of others. He also words his thoughts carefully, taking the time to form them before expressing himself – something that his peers and learners respect him for when they seek him for advice.
Through his journey, Remus learned that he can be his best self only if he embraces who he is, working with his personality, rather than forcing change against it.
Learning is a lifelong pursuit. Just as classroom learning makes up but a fraction of everything that we eventually come to know, teaching is not confined there; it can take place anytime and anywhere.
Do you have a desire to pass knowledge on to others? Perhaps you have a way with words, a penchant for trivia, or are familiar with a process that other people can barely figure out. Your knowledge may seem trivial to you, but it may be valuable to others.
The joy of teaching is in witnessing others learn and eventually master.
There may be doubts in your mind:
What if there is a resource that can ease these burdens and show you how to put a great teaching session together? Teaching is a skill, and every skill can be learned.
Why the inclusion of “Introvert” in the title? Glad you asked. Introverts have certain strengths that make them especially powerful teachers. In every group of learners, you will find introverts, as well. As an educator, this group may seem more difficult to engage, but it is only a matter of understanding who they are and how they prefer to learn. Recognizing their particularities and gifts can provide a sense of kinship and cooperation between introverts and extroverts.
Let this book show you the ways of The Introvert Teacher.