Shy students need more attention than you think

Pupils who retreat from view in class seldom present challenging behaviour and often attain well in assessment. So should teachers ‘let sleeping learners lie’ or coax them to participate more? Jane Essex explores the issues

Why teachers may need to give shy pupils extra support

Are quiet children the new outcasts of the school system? I must confess that I was quite surprised when I was asked to write an article for the Royal Society of Chemistry’s magazine, Education in Chemistry, on how to support shy students. I was even more surprised when the published article created a minor (appreciative, thankfully) Twitterstorm.

When I had been approached originally to write about teaching diverse learners, I was expecting to be asked about students with identified learning difficulties, such as autism spectrum disorders. I had no notion that shy students were an emerging ...

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