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May 16, 2007



Listening to our students is one of the most important things we do. I try to find time to listen to each student every day. Our children live in a world that is in a rush. Often they are told things or directed. Having someone listen to them and their having opportunities to respond really gives them a chance to bloom.

Sophia Pappas

I agree Kathleen. Teachers really need to engage their students in discussions rather than always direct them. While we have discussions throughout the day, I find that meal times in particular are great for asking children about their experiences at home and in school.



My husband and I started a listening game with my 4 year old -- almost by mistake. They were being silly, doing the "no I didn't", "yes you did" back and forth banter. I quietly whispered to my husband to change his side...from "no I didn't" to "yes I did" to see if my son would notice. Pretty quickly he began to catch on and now listens to for when my husband changes, then he changes his side.

Sophia Pappas

That sounds like a great idea! Thanks.


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