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Tips for teaching shy students. As a very shy person myself, I really like the tip about not asking too many questions right off the bat, and easing the student into it. I also appreciate that it isn't all about "getting them out of their shell". Shy people aren't broken people who need fixing, they need us as teachers and ministers to love them for who they are!
Shy students were always a welcome addition to my class. Probably because I had plenty of Chatty Cathy's in my class, so a few quiet ones help balance out the noise level. There are a few things I've found through the years that helped my shy students come out of their shell: