We have all faced the challenge of teaching shy, introverted or quiet students in our classroom. They may come across as someone with a lack of energy, soft-spoken, or a passive attitude. You may have trouble getting them involved in classroom discussions or activities.
I know when I used to deal with shy students in my classroom, I would want to break them out of that shy shell and make them loud and outgoing like me. I really missed the mark on that one.
When dealing with shy or quiet students, our goal should never be trying to turn them into a loud, boisterous and outgoing student. No, our goal should be to create a learning environment where they feel comfortable and are encouraged.
Yes, this is an industry that requires a professional to be somewhat outgoing when they talk with their clients, but shy students can learn to do that without becoming over-the-top extroverted individuals.
Here are a few strategies when dealing with shy students.