Do we encourage active listening? How do you know when your students are listening to your “words of wisdom?” Noted educator and founder of Success Academy, Eva Moskowitz, stated in a recent Wall Street Journal article that one of the factors to her school’s success is the idea that “distracted, misbehaving children can’t learn.” I am not sure, but this could be an “old school” notion. Yet it is sometimes those “old school notions that are the key to success! To create a climate where active listening occurs, there are just a few conditions that should be met.
Creating an environment where active listening becomes second nature takes practice. This will probably include the teacher stopping the lesson/discussion to practice these concepts, but the more practice you provide, the more students will understand that the classroom is a learning environment and expectations will always be held high.
Here’s to listening!
Get ready, people: Google has something new headed your way! They have recently announced that they’re going to release an Enterprise version of G Suite for Education. Some schools may never have any interest in this offering, but I'll explain what it is and why you may want to give it a look.
The January 23rd school shooting in Benton, Kentucky was reported to be the eleventh so far in 2018. Let that sink in for a moment.
Take a moment! Breathe! Relax! Breathe again. Even better, involve your students! Research is showing that when a teacher introduces just 5 minutes of simple breathing techniques, yoga or meditation, students’ attention spans increase, their focus on topic improves and some studies show improved test scores and fewer cases of bullying.
My cell phone lost me today, but no worries–I didn’t panic! I kept telling myself that I’ve only had this electronic device, which connects me professionally and personally, for less than 15 years