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The Quiet Ones: How To Best Relate To Your Shy Students

I was a shy student. Raise my hand in class? No thanks. Ask for clarification if I didn't understand? Nope, not happening. Do a presentation in front of the class? OK but I will be full of dread and my face will turn five shades of red during it. How can we, as teachers, help our shy students to come out of their shells and how can we appreciate the positives that these students bring as well?
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The Quiet Ones: How To Best Relate To Your Shy Students
  • teaching.monster.com

    Tips for Teachers: Working with Children Who Are Shy

    5 minute read
    Melissa Williams says:
    Another great set of tips for teachers of shy students. One of the underlying themes here and in the other resources I have presented, is the necessity of gaining your student's trust and ensuring that they feel comfortable with you. It's a crucial jumping-off point that, once established, will allow you to guide the student to increased classroom participation and the building of relationships with other students.
  • Melissa Williams says:
    Check out this 'Howcast' for two unique ideas to help your shy student participate in class. My personal favorite was the 'all hands raised' technique!
  • theglobeandmail.com

    Early intervention can prevent shy kids from becoming troubled adults

    8 minute read
    Melissa Williams says:
    Severe cases of shyness and anxiety in children can lead to other problems in adulthood, such as depression. This article details some of the research behind the ideas of how to encourage shy children to participate and interact more. The common theme is 'baby steps'...read on to gain some real insight into the issue.
  • teachhub.com

    4 Simple Strategies to Help a Shy Student

    7 minute read
    Melissa Williams says:
    I absolutely love this article! It's a perfect, quick resource and I can see how well the ideas would work as a former shy student and a current teacher. Find out how to create a comfortable environment in your classroom amongst students ...and much more!
  • shakeyourshyness.com

    Teaching Shy Children

    10 minute read
    Melissa Williams says:
    This is such an interesting article! Learn about the difference between shyness being considered a feeling versus a personality trait (something I had never really thought about before) and find out how to best help your students overcome their shyness. I also like the list of shy celebrities/historical figures; it may be something fun to share with your class (without singling anyone out of course).
  • educationworld.com

    How Can Teachers Help Shy Students?

    6 minute read
    Melissa Williams says:
    This article explores why a student may be shy and also provides excellent ideas for ways that teachers can help. I especially like the tips in the yellow box, such as having all students write about their strengths and weaknesses as communicators.
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BloomBoard Asks:Have you ever helped a shy student or been one yourself? What do you think is the most beneficial thing that can be done, or is it simply a personality type with no need for intervention? Discuss!
Lolita RicoApril 29, 2016
This is a great question and important topic. I often get requests from parents asking for intervention to help their shy child make friends. It's important to address shyness as a real issue because it causes students great anxiety when they don't feel comfortable in the the classroom, lunchroom, recess time, etc. For parents who meet with me, I invite them to join their child at recess time with a predetermined student who is kind, accepting, and would be a good fit for the shy child. I allow the parent to bridge the friendship and then when the bond feels solid, the parent will leave. The parent will continue to touch base with me to make sure their child is interacting with the new friend. I encourage parents to set up play dates out side of school so shy students can use playtime to get to know others. This is usually very effective and crossover into school environments easily.