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Artful Learning Through Active Listening

A big thank you to Adam Zucker for his attention to my #FreeListening and so many others using listening as a creative tool. You articulated so much for the reader and future better listeners! With thanks, Cathi

Artfully Learning

Screen Shot 2018-06-29 at 3.24.45 PM Catherine Schwalbe, #FreeListening, 2018. Photo by Pate Conaway.

Active listening is one of the most valuable skills that an educator can bring into the classroom in order to create a successful student/teacher relationship. Active listening means that the teacher is fully engaged and focused on the conversation they are having with a student. There should be no other distractions. The teacher should maintain eye contact with the student, take account of the student’s tone and body language (their expressive nature through which they’re speaking), and be genuinely interested in the discussion that is taking place. It is important for educators to show that they’re truly listening by asking appropriate follow up questions, while being mindful not to interrupt the student or come across as didactic.

Active listening is a strategy that teachers should use to motivate students to become more socially and emotionally present in school. When educators really take the…

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