Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Why not listen more?
A colleague's question about helping teachers understand (and embrace) the power of truly listening and being present has set me thinking about the joys of listening inside and outside the classroom. And reading the conversation, I am reminded of a piano recital I once attended in which a high school student performed John Cage's 4'33"--a piece that is all about listening and hearing.
Just for the fun of it, and because it does open us to the sounds around us. . . and to the rewards of listening. . . you might look it up.
I appreciate the great questions from my colleagues and all of their thoughtful ideas. I wonder, too, about the research on listening as a pedagogical practice. Any recent studies you would recommend? Thanks to you all!