“Shyness is the tendency to feel awkward or tense during social encounters, especially with unfamiliar people”, a definition given by American Psychological Association. There are different approaches as for the main reasons of shyness existence. Some consider that it is a matter of genes, and there is a special gene in charge for a person being shy. Another criterion is nurture. Shyness may be stipulated by a child’s upbringing, when a child had a very strict attitude and he/she fears any socialisation. Shyness is also a demonstration of a child’s safe reaction to a possible inconvenience during communication with different people. Anyway, a teacher is a person to deal with such children in the classroom. Here are some variants on how to do it correctly.

Group Assignments

If you organize any collaborative assignments performance, be sure all the students are set in one group and have equal conditions to work on a common aim. Shy students should understand they have equal basis for tasks completion and that may become an incentive for stepping out and suggesting ideas. Or, shy students may learn from others first, and soon become more relaxed to suggest their points of view. 

Avoid Condemnation

Shy students are perfectionists. They are afraid to make any mistakes. A teacher’s task is to show approval for any assignment he/she performs, yet if there are any mistakes, it is better to state critical assessment in a soft way in order not to frighten a child and discourage him/her to study. Critical approach to shy students performance should be constructive, as shy personalities are the ones who lack confidence first of all. 

Special Teacher’s Attitude

A professional teacher should treat shy children gradually by their various forms of emotional expression regarding any assignment. First, it is great to notice even the smallest signs of agreement or disapproval that such kids send. That will boost students’ confidence and in future shy students will become more open for any other self-expression and interaction. Students become responsive with time. 

Afford Students to Fail

Let your shy students fail, tell them that it is ok to fail and learn from the mistakes. Nobody can’t see right through the excellent results. That’s why it is ok to make mistakes and correct them. Moreover, in a calm and peaceful atmosphere and being calm inside, students will perform in a better way. 


Shy students need more attention and careful attitude that’s why teacher’s strategy towards them should be aimed at their constant approval, letting them fail, encouraging every time and following their non-verbal communication. 



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