Why do teachers need to be better listeners?

You might be thinking, Lieberman, you don’t REALLY need to answer that, do you?

And when we think that, we’re usually thinking about some OTHER teacher down the hall who we think is WAY worse than we are at this.

No, I mean you (and me). Hey, who doesn’t have room to improve at this.

I say this, you can become a much better teacher in about 2 weeks if you focus on it.

That’s powerful. That’s the power of listening.

Don’t think it’s nearly that big a deal? Then how about this… Who do YOU respond to better, people who don’t listen to you, half listen to you, or give you their full attention?

I’ll say it like this, if you don’t become a good listener as a teacher, you will stagnate. In fact, you’ll burn out. Why ? Because the joy of teaching hides in what you find out when you’re listening.

When you listen well, you give your students a gift that they might not get anywhere else in their life. 

When your student knows that you are listening to her, you just sprinkled humanity all over your her like so much Tinker Bell dust.

Even the quietest student wants to be heard. And they often need your persistent help to get them to where they can be vocal.

And believe me, when you get better at listening, you will feel so good about it. Really good.

I bet if you look at your bad days in teaching you can figure out that things went south because someone didn’t really feel heard somewhere along the line.

Now, I’m not saying that you are always the person in the right spot at the right time to affect that for the better, but you’ll never be if you don’t work at it.

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And it does take work.

If you want to get better, you can start today, even if you are on break.

Here’s how: practice at home.

If you get better at listening to the people in your life at home, you’ll already start building the tools you need in the classroom.

If you start putting yourself in the uncomfortable position of becoming a better listener now, you’ll be way better prepared when you are serving 50 to 150 kids.

Yes, I said uncomfortable. I’m going to be honest: if all of this comes easy to you, you probably quit reading already. Learning a new skill is work.

Hey, it’s no fun for me either. My default position is to say, not listen.

But when I have done the work of listening, I feel better for it. A lot better.

And you will too.

So will your very grateful students.

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