A studypublished in School Psychology Review investigated the effects of the program INSIGHTS into Children’s Temperament on the critical thinking, math, and reading skills of K-1 children compared to a control group of children assigned to a supplemental after-school reading program. The goal of the INSIGHTS program is to train teachers and parents to recognize students’ personality types and adjust the learning environment as needed.
The program followed 350 kindergarten students in 22 urban low-income schools during kindergarten and into first grade. While all children in the INSIGHTS program demonstrated gains, the greatest gains were made in groups of children classified as shy. The results were:
- Students whose teachers and parents were involved in the INSIGHTS group demonstrated greater gains in critical thinking than control students
- Also, they did not lose math skills during the summertime as the control students did.
- Reading skills were comparable for both groups.
Shy children can be overlooked in the classroom and INSIGHTS provides strategies to help children who are shy to reach their potential.
Source: O’Connor, E. E., Cappella, E., McCormick, M. P., & McClowry, S. G. (2014). Enhancing the academic development of shy children: A test of the efﬁcacy of INSIGHTS. School Psychology Review, 43(3), 21.