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Helping the Shy Elementary Student

When writing my dissertation on shyness, I learned that approximately 50 percent of the U.S. population is currently shy or has been in the past. Shyness can range from occasional, temporary discomfort to a painful, life-crushing affliction, as was my situation. I never once raised my hand in class, though I often knew the answers, until I returned to school in my forties. Teachers CAN help a shy child, even in crowded classrooms with little to no resources, simply by what you know.
A Collection By Freda Farmer
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Helping the Shy Elementary Student
  • askdrsears.com
    askdrsears.com

    8 Ways to Help the Shy Child

    15 minute read
    Freda Farmer says:
    For parents who will not read a book, this is a great article, by a well-respected authority on children. It will also give you, the shy child’s teacher, more understanding and some more helpful suggestions.
  • Freda Farmer says:
    This is the absolute best book to suggest for parents. It will also help you as a teacher, especially if you do not fully understand shyness. Reader-friendly, with an author who was a shy child, this short book is packed with concrete suggestions as well as explanations. Amazon describes it as “eye-opening for parents, teachers, and shy adults.” For more help, visit the website with the same name.
  • Freda Farmer says:
    This you tube video is one of many that explains how a “Buddy Bench” on the playground helps lonely, shy, and/or new children connect with others. If a child has no one to play with during recess, he/she sits on the buddy bench. Soon, another child will come sit with them. This successful has, thankfully, spread to many schools.
  • kidsource.com
    kidsource.com

    Working with Shy or Withdrawn Students

    10 minute read
    Freda Farmer says:
    This article gives a good overview of shyness in the classroom. It concludes with 10 easy-to-implement strategies that teachers can use to help shy and withdrawn students. It is considered a classic resource – and still applicable today.
  • goodtherapy.org
    goodtherapy.org

    Helping Shy Children in the Classroom

    5 minute read
    Freda Farmer says:
    I love this short article from the “Goodtherapy.org blog. If my own teachers had asked themselves whether their own perceptions put shy children at a disadvantage, my K-12 years would have been far better! The study on which this article is based found that “teachers were more likely to respond to exuberant/talkative children with high-powered and social learning strategies and to employ peer-focused and indirect strategies for shy/quiet children.
  • teaching.monster.com
    teaching.monster.com

    Tips for Teachers: Working with Children Who Are Shy

    10 minute read
    Freda Farmer says:
    Only have a few minutes to research this issue and find some help? This webpage lists 15 tips on helping the shy student. You can read it in less than five minutes but you will likely print it and keep it as a one-page quick reference guide to use all year long!
  • Teaching Shy Children

    Website
    shakeyourshyness.com
    shakeyourshyness.com
    Freda Farmer says:
    If you only have time for one resource, this is it. Written by a leading expert on shyness, this excellent webpage gives an accessible overview of the issues in shyness, followed by detailed tips for working with shy children as well as classroom exercises that will help all your children, but especially the quiet ones. The webpage concludes with an annotated list of 19 websites, which come with Dr. Gilbert’s backing.
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