Thank you all for your input!
@beckybollinger, she is quiet at home as well. She cries frequently and won’t always talk to her mom either. I think it is more severe at school, though. That book sounds very interesting. I might have to get it and let her read it. The sticker chart idea is one I haven’t thought of. I wonder if that would help her! She does raise her hand if she knows an answer – if she feels very sure of the answer. She’s almost always right. 🙂 I would say the other students are pretty accepting. Earlier in the year, they had started laughing a time or so when someone said the wrong answer. I gave them a stern lecture and they haven’t had much of a problem with it since. I feel like our classroom is a safe place, but it still might not feel like that for her.
@bettyyoder, thank you for your prayers! You are so right – things like this remind me of how much I need God’s wisdom as I teach!
@jonas, I appreciate your response. I like your ideas of trying to help her to forget herself, and trying to make conversation more of an easy, enjoyable thing. I’ve been thinking that I need to do more interactive reading to help them learn to use good expression when they read. This could be a good way to help her feel comfortable with using her voice, as well.
I feel like I have some new things to try! Thanks for giving me a boost with some good ideas! 🙂 I wasn’t sure what more to do, and this gives me some help. Thank you for your responses!