Ashley, a 5th grader, is a good student, does her homework, and is bright. But on her progress report, as in the past, her teacher noted that she doesn’t participate much in class. Her teacher would like to see her raise her hand more, talk more in group discussion, and share her ideas with others. Her teacher wonders why this smart girl is so reserved.
At her parent-teacher conference, her mom pipes up—“Ashley is shy.” But what does that mean? Is that a problem? Is there some deeper underlying concern? Is she anxious or worried? Has she been bullied? All of these questions arise.... Read More