introduced shykids a few years ago, we've heard from
hundreds of shy children and teens. Many explained that
their level of discomfort was highest in the classroom
environment. Most pointed out how the influence of the
teacher either greatly helped or harmed them. We were
touched to hear stories of teachers going the extra mile and
helping children completely turn-around their ability to
function in the classroom. We were disheartened to read
about a thirteen year old boy who was not only mocked by his
classmates, but his teacher as well. One thing is certain:
teachers can make a remarkable difference in the life of a
shy child. The following lists some sites that have
information directly presented for teachers. We also
encourage you to check out letters from
books and the
All Kinds of
Minds - All Kinds of Minds
provides programs, tools, and a common language for parents,
educators, and clinicians to help students with differences
in learning achieve success in the classroom and in life.
Among other things, Dr. Mel Levine and his colleagues
discuss how personality and temperament play a role in
success in the classroom.
Education World -
Lynne Kelly, a professor of
communication at the University of Hartford discusses
shyness in children and offers seven valuable tips for
teachers on helping shy children in the classroom.
- Descriptions of
the variety of ways shyness manifests itself in the
Kinderstart - More
discussion of classroom techniques to help children feel
more comfortable in the classroom environment.
A site developed by Mrs. Gail Kervatt, a school reading
specialist in the public school system. The Silence Within
is a nonfiction teacher/parent resource about her work with
a selectively mute child and the process that followed in
helping him overcome the disorder after five years of being
mute in school and all social situations.