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Active Listening

Active Listening

Why is it important to allow children opportunities for uninterrupted opportunities to talk amongst themselves?

In a classroom, there are certainly times for teaching, but times for listening are also important.  When we listen, we can learn so much from young minds.

As teachers and parents we want our children to be successful in learning, and knowing when to step into children’s conversations can be challenging.  We often jump in too quickly to seek or provide information, when really there is so much to be learned by simply listening.  We feel the need to teach, yet, when we listen attentively without interrupting, we are indeed teaching.

Active listening allows children to feel worthy, appreciated and respected.  When we listen, we foster the skill in others, by acting as a role model for positive and effective communication.

 

Richland

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