Quiet at School : An Educator's Guide to Shy Children

Quiet at School : An Educator's Guide to Shy Children


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Compared to their more sociable counterparts, shy children are at greater risk for a variety of difficulties in elementary school, including internalizing problems, difficulties with peer relationships, and poorer academic performance. Written by a developmental and an educational psychologist with decades of experience between them, this book demystifies the latest research on shyness. It offers a comprehensive and accessible guide to everything teachers should know about shy children. Topics covered include how shyness develops in childhood, the unique challenges faced by shy children at school, and general strategies and specific techniques for improving shy children's social, emotional, and academic functioning at school. Despite an increase in research on shyness, shy children are still not well understood by teachers and other school personnel. Quiet at School offers research-based practices for creating safe and inclusive learning environments that will help shy students thrive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807757697
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 04/08/2016
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Sandee McClowry xi

Preface xiii

1 What Is Shyness? 1

What's in a Name? 3

A Brief History of Shyness 4

Current Views from Developmental Psychology 6

What Shyness Is Not 13

2 The Nature of Shyness: Genetics and Biological Foundations 15

Born Shy? Heredity and the Role of Genetics 16

The Fear System: The Anatomy of Fight versus Flight 19

The Tightly Coiled Spring 21

Fingertips and Little Boy Blue-Eyes 23

3 Nurtured to Be Shy: Attachment and Parenting 26

How Do I Love Thee? Shyness and Attachment Relationships 27

Monkey See, Monkey Do: Parental Modeling 29

Danger! Danger! Highlighting Threats 30

Parenting in Style: Patterns of Socialization 30

Is This Child Shy? Can We Agree to Disagree? 35

Advice for Talking to Parents of Shy Children 37

4 Costs and Benefits of Shyness for Children's Development 39

Why We Might Worry About Shy Children 40

Why We Might Not Worry About Shy Children 49

5 Shy Children in the Classroom 53

Why Is the Classroom Stressful for Shy Children? 54

Shyness and Academic Performance 58

Positive Aspects of Shyness in the Classroom 63

6 Shy Children and Teachers 65

Teachers' Influences on Shy Children 66

Teachers' Views About Shy Children 69

Teachers' Interactions with Shy Children 73

Teachers' Relationships with Shy Children 74

Conclusions 76

7 Best Practices for Assisting Shy Children-Part I: General Approaches 77

With a Little Help from My Friends? 79

One Small Step at a Time 80

Emotion Coaching 81

Challenging Bad Thoughts 83

Mind over Matter 84

Classroom-Based Programs for Shy and Anxious Children 85

Conclusions 87

8 Best Practices for Assisting Shy Children-Part II: Specific Strategies 88

Coping with Novelty 89

Easing Evaluative Concerns 93

Promoting Positive Social Interactions with Peers 98

Conclusions 100

9 Looking Forward: Shy Children in a Brave New World 102

Looking Back: Key Take-Away Messages from This Book 102

Looking Forward: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes 105

A Final Message 109

References 111

Index 121

About the Authors 130

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