My introversion nearly held me back in school. As a child, I was what we used to call “shy”—I could answer questions (but only raised my hand when I knew I knew the answer). I actually had no trouble preforming in front of a crowd, like in a school or church play, for example. However, I was petrified of getting up in front of my class and saying anything.
When my third grade teacher at the beginning of the year had every student in class read a passage aloud to figure out reading placement, I did very poorly. (Having a “reading” vocabulary didn’t help, either—I frequently mispronounced words that I understood perfectly). Back home, I was very upset at my placement in the lower reading group when I had left second grade in the highest reading group. My mother correctly surmised that I stumbled because I had to read out loud in front of the entire class—not because I was having some trouble with reading.