The difference between shy, introverted students

October 2, 2017

“If we want to encourage all of our students to participate in class, we have to accept that shy students are not necessarily introverted. And introverts are not necessarily shy,” writes Adam Chapnick. The author notes that when students are shy, instructors need to develop trusting relationships to help reassure them that their ideas are worth expressing. Yet introverted students, Chapnick adds, often find group conversations so exhausting that they choose not to speak up, even though they have many things to say and are confident in their value. For this group of students, Chapnick recommends an ethical appeal, which asks these students to contribute to the conversation because they benefit from hearing the views of others. University Affairs