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Thank you so much for this article!!! I am always trying to learn how to be a better speaker but I need to remember that I should learn how to listen better too! I understand how great it feels to be understood and listened to and how frustrating it can be to have someone agree but not quite understand or rush to give a solution.

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Wow! I appreciate all your kind comments. Thanks so much for letting me know that my post resonated with you. Cheers!

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Thank you so much for the reminder that part of being a good leader is remembering to listen. Our school's theme this year is "Learning to Lead," and listening is what the L stands for in the acronym of "lead." And as with you, I do my best practice of that with the kindergarten children. I find they are more willing to talk with me if I am down on their level, but it seems to work with all the grades. I met a new student in the hallway today who was sitting on the floor waiting on her dad, so I sat next to her and we got to know each other a little better. And when students know you will listen and trust you, they are more willing to learn from you. As I heard once in a TEDTalk about education and the way children learn on NPR, "Kids don't learn from people they don't like."

With my colleagues, making sure I understand them is more beneficial sometimes for me than it is for them. Not only can I learn so much from them since they have been teaching longer than I, but when they ask me to help them with something, it saves us both time when I repeat things to be certain I got them right when I was told the first time. I like that at our weekly meetings, we always have a little time to make sure we're all on the same page regarding different programs and curriculum and even students. When we present a united front, it provides a more secure feeling for the children in regards to their comfort in the classroom.

I think listening and understanding are both essential to the management of a school and beneficial to every member from students to staff and administration. I look forward to reading more of your blogs!

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Thank you for this article reminding us how important it is to listen. As teachers we have so much to accomplish that we tend to multitask all of the time. This includes when we should be giving all our attention to the student who is talking. Too often, I find myself checking over papers, looking around the room, thinking about what comes next, rather than concentrating only on the student and what they have to say. This article made me realize that that is not really listening. As this new school year begins again, it is my goal to start being a better listener and to listen with my eyes.

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This was a great reminder as a start a new school year. Sometimes you forget to show someone you are listening, because you get wrapped up in your daily demands. Listening with your eyes shows students, colleagues, family, etc. that you are focused on what they are saying and show support. I plan on listening with my eyes as I begin a new school year and I will share this with my collegues as well at our first meeting. Its a gentle reminder of the importance we play as teachers. Thank you!

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Listening is very powerful and it's actually incredibly difficult for most people. I know its a work for me personally. Great article Lisa!

6th Grade Science Teacher from SC and a teacher encourager online.

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Thank you so much for this reminder. It is so easy to forget that listening goes further than speaking. This goes with my students, family, and coworkers. It is easier to think of being a good speaker as being a good communicator. Speaking is only half of communication, listening is just as important, or arguably more so! Great post! You are awesome!

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