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How do you get a shy child involved at school

May 12, 2015 2:39pm

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    • May 13, 2015 8:02pm

      Excellent advice MIchelle. I have learned many of the same things plus these about my daughter:
      1) Don't give up on or stop calling on them or asking them to share. Some day they might surprise you.
      2) Shy in front of the whole class does not always mean shy in small groups, so allow for smaller group settings where shy kids might feel more comfortable speaking up.
      3) Give them time to answer when asked a question, sometimes teachers just move on thinking that student doesn't want to share, but sometimes they are just building mental courage!

      • May 18, 2015 1:51pm

        Such good advice! I would also add that small groups and pair-sharing has been really helpful in my classroom. I would also highly recommend small table groups and pair-projects where they both present, but one child is able to take the lead (if they desire) in terms of talking in front of the group, and the other child is able to show the work/be up in front of the group which can be a huge thing for them.

        • Jun 20, 2015 1:58pm

          http://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cain_the_power_of_introverts?language=en
          This goes well with Michelle's answer. Introverts participate in ways which might look different than what is considered "normal" participation. In group work, let them be the stage manager, not the actor, doing behind the scenes work. Don't force them to always be up front, it is good to have them present in small groups. Remember presenting in front of a large group is not a necessary life skill, articulating their ideas to others is the skill they need. And it's okay to sometimes let them work alone if they choose.