Making Students Overcome Shyness

When talking about imparting education to students thought should be given to their psychological well
being. I was shocked when I gave a deep thought on the effect of shyness in acquiring education. After a keen observation, I realized that this is a catastrophe for the students. Some of them feel shy to even express themselves if they don’t understand anything and this is also the case when you ask some of them questions. I found out that this is big obstacle to learning. Indeed, there must be a cause or causes to every problem. Then what are the some of the possible causes to this problem? These are what I will be discussing.

 The Parents or Guardians Effect

As they say, man is the product of his environment. Contemplating the importance of this wisdom, led me view the role of parents and guardians in the personality building of the child with special importance. Some defective behavior like shyness and lost of creative in a child may have been caused by parents or guardians who knowing or unknowing may have suppressed a child’s curiosity to learn and creativity to grow. So you find these type of child very inactive in class and feel shy to express themselves even when they are badly in need of it.

 The Teachers’ Effect

Some students may feel shy to ask questions or even answer to questions when they know the correct answer due to fear of intimidation from a teacher. Because some teachers discourage students from answering questions and embarrass others for making mistakes this may create fear on the students and as such impedes their ability to learn.

Negative Attitude of Some Students

This is another aspect which can make students feel shy to express themselves in class. Some students
subject their colleagues to mockery when they make mistake and at times to go to the extent of calling them bad nick names. This mostly causes some students to lose confidence in themselves and become too timid to make meaningful contribution in class.

What can we do to help students who are victims of these negative attitudes? Shall we leave them to their fate and allow to make waste some of their valuable talents that they would use for the betterment of society or rush  to rescue them from their pitiable situation. Well, I think some thing can be done to help them out of
this mess.

 Firstly, parents and guardians need to play a more positive role in the life of the kids that are under their trust. They are supposed to create an environment which is conducive for the child to grow an excellent personality. They should not treat them in a way that may erode their confidence. For instance, most intelligent kids are curious; you find them asking many questions and eager to discover things. Parents should encourage them and deal with them positively so that they may grow to be confident personalities.

Secondly, the teachers’ role in encouraging students to avoid shyness and develop self-confidence is dual. They should deal with students with respect and some degree of sensitivity so that they may not feel shy to participate in class. On the other hand, they should create a classroom environment wherein students may
not ridicule their classmate and as such destroy their spirit of confidence. I think if teachers implement these   steps in cooperation with parents and guardians we will see smart and confident kids rather timid ones.


One comment on “Making Students Overcome Shyness

  1. Hi Saeed,
    I have been teaching for more that 20 years and have had all sorts of students and all sorts of parents. Many of the frazzled and tiered parents use the school as a drop off point and leave it up to the teachers to teach their children everything. It’s important to set the right atmosphere in the classroom from the get go. I’m especially attentive to the shy, slower, more problematic ones. I also lavishly praise them and have them sit in front of the class or near to me so that I can give them more attention.You are quite correct that parents should be involved and I like to talk to the parents about a certain problem without laying any blame on them and give them the tools to work with then I’ll check back with both parent and child to see the progress.

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