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Posted on September 19, 2012 12:48 am
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Zafer Unal
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Parent reported student as "shy", what to do?
Tutoring a child after school tomorrow and his mother reports that he is often afraid to ask for help in the classroom. She said she has tried encouraging him to ask for help but has been unsuccessful. Does anyone have any good strategies to use so that he may be more comfortable in his classes to ask for help?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 2, 2012 3:16 pm

edaPab
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If I was the teacher, I would maybe have times during class where students could "ask a friend" for help. That way if a student felt more comfortable asking a friend, rather than asking me, that student could do so.
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eSyTyt
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This is a great idea, I would do this with my class.
  Posted on: October 16, 2015 1:52 am

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Solution 2
Posted October 14, 2012 8:41 pm

JemyWe
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If the student does not want to ask for help, I would then have him write down what he does not understand and/or has questions about. Maybe then this strategy can be used for all the students. The students can write down three things that they liked, had questions about, did not understand, etc. This is another way for the teacher to get feedback from her class and not singling anyone out.
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Jepupy
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This could be used for a ticket out the door activity. In using it this way, all students would be doing it, and no one would feel singled out. Also, it could be helpful during dismissal time.
  Posted on: February 21, 2013 1:55 am

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Solution 3
Posted September 30, 2012 1:21 am

Yasar Bodur
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First the social anxiety should be removed from the environment. To do so, the teacher should interact with child as much as possible so that the child can start feeling comfortable around the teacher. The other aspect of the problem could be that the child is especially shy when he needs to ask for help. The teacher may want to establish a system where student does not have to verbally indicate he needs help. The teacher, for example, can have students write notes to the teacher at the end of each day. This could give the shy student a different way to express himself when needs help. Depending on the outcome, other strategies can be applied.
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PaGuDu
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I like that you suggest that students write notes. I have my students write journal entries to let me know when they are struggling. I can use these to help me plan instruction.
  Posted on: March 12, 2015 3:26 pm

eSyTyt
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I really like this idea because a lot of kids are shy to ask questions in front of their friends.
  Posted on: October 16, 2015 1:53 am

Jenna Herberson
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I like your idea of writing notes, more or so the non verbal communication. If this student is being tutored by you, then having that note can lead you to where you should focus on.
  Posted on: February 22, 2018 6:54 pm

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Solution 4
Posted October 2, 2012 3:12 pm

uremev
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If the student is to shy to ask a question in class the teacher could suggest the student write the question down for the teacher to answer privately. It is important that all students questions be answered.
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ypuqum
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I do agree that all students need to have their questions answered but I believe they need to verbalize their question. As a teacher I would walk over to the students desk and have the student verbalize their question. I would provide the student with a color card for their desk. Green if they are working and red if they are stuck and need help.
  Posted on: October 15, 2014 3:38 pm

abypaN
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I like having the cue cards available for when the student feels stuck. This might be a good ice breaker for the student until they become more comfortable.
  Posted on: February 22, 2015 6:19 pm

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Solution 5
Posted October 13, 2012 5:47 pm

vemybu
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You should get to know the child. Once you do you will see when they are struggling and then you can begin to prompt questions until they speak up. Children are often very obvious when they are confused so once you see this you can take the next step.
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Solution 6
Posted October 3, 2012 9:57 pm

uGamag
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Since you are the tutor and not the teacher of the class, itís tough to make arrangements for the student while he is at school. Helping the student feel comfortable during the tutoring sessions will go a long way in assisting the student overcome his shyness. A method that I would use is to get the student used to asking questions is by playing a game, such as 20 questions. After a few sessions, gradually gear the game towards the subject material by asking the student a question then have the student ask one and so forth.
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Solution 7
Posted October 14, 2014 11:45 pm

yseruW
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As a teacher, it is important to build relationships with your students. Find out what the student's interest are and try to build on that. When the student sees that you care, he or she may be more willing to open up to you. I would also give the student a card that has two colors on it. Green on one side to stand for I understand and am working, and red on the other side to represent that I need help. Maybe the student can use these.
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ypuqum
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I agree with this solution. I was a shy student because of fear of getting laughed at if I asked a question. This would allow the student to be comfortable by having the teacher come to them.
  Posted on: October 15, 2014 3:34 pm

erugyn
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Great solution.
  Posted on: October 18, 2014 8:17 pm

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Solution 8
Posted September 21, 2012 12:19 pm

Jennifer Hong
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As a young student I was really shy and often I was afraid to ask for help. Looking back I seemed to do the best in classes where I was comfortable talking to teacher. I believe the message above about talking to the student about yourself and them is a great to create a connection with the student. I feel this will allow the student to open up and not be so afraid to ask for help when they need it.
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Solution 9
Posted October 2, 2012 3:01 pm

Ashlyn Eddinger
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It is important to have an open line of communication with students. You could set up a communication student that could be written or hand signals. These are two ways in which the student will not have to speak, but you as the teacher can acknowledge that the child is not understanding something. Hand signals are a great gesture to use for all kids, even if they are ESE or ESOL.
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Solution 10
Posted December 8, 2012 10:45 pm

Kristine Morris
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allow the student to sit next to something he feels comfortable talking to. This may help him open up more to that student and ask for help. After they get comfortable with a classmate, then maybe they will begin to ask you questions.
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eSyTyt
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I like this idea, but it can also cause unnecessary talk while trying to teach the class.
  Posted on: October 16, 2015 1:54 am

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Solution 11
Posted February 29, 2016 3:02 am

Rachel Antis
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If the student has trouble asking for help during class, then it might be more helpful to allow them to ask questions after class. The first step to encouraging students to ask questions is creating a comfortable and accepting atmosphere within the class.
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Solution 12
Posted October 16, 2012 9:33 am

NaZyde
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It sounds like the teacher needs to develop a better bond with the student. The student will feel more comfortable asking questions if they feel like they can trust the teacher.
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Solution 13
Posted February 19, 2015 6:36 pm

uHugyT
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I think it's important to get to know the student and let them get to know you so that they feel comfortable. If the student is afraid to ask for help in the classroom, it may be because they don't know the teacher that well or they think the teacher might get mad if they don't understand it the first time. I would tell the student to stop me at any time if they don't understand it, and I would also stop frequently in between my lessons to ask the student if they understand or if they have any questions. You could also communicate this issue to the child's teacher, who may need to stop and check for comprehension more often in the classroom. The teacher could also develop a signal for the student to use if they need help but do not want to ask out loud in front of the class.
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Solution 14
Posted February 24, 2017 2:48 am

eZuGeQ
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If you are the teacher, create a LRE in the classroom. If you know this information about the student, visit his desk frequently throughout lessons while you are progress monitoring throughout the lesson. Conference with student every chance you get!
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