Teachers Guide to Anxiety in the Classroom


Avoiding Socializing or Group Work in School

Some kids will avoid or even refuse to participate in the things that make them anxious. This includes obvious anxiety triggers like giving presentations, but also things like gym class, eating in the cafeteria and doing group work.

When kids start skipping things, it might look to their teachers and peers like they are uninterested or underachieving, but the opposite might be true. Sometimes kids avoid things because they are afraid of making a mistake or being judged.

Dr. Schuster notes that when kids get social anxiety, sometimes they have a much easier time showing what they know when teachers engage them one-to-one, away from the group.