Magazine article AMLE Magazine

Learning to Listen Deeply

Magazine article AMLE Magazine

Learning to Listen Deeply

Article excerpt

Over the past eight years, I spent a large amount of time driving across central Georgia to supervise teacher candidates during their field placements. Observing and conferencing with them and their host teachers is one of the most valuable aspects of their development as professional middle level educators. These treks also afforded me large amounts of time with myself, and my thoughts. While I did use this driving time for reflection and processing the day's events, I wondered about different uses of this time.

Friends and colleagues suggested that I download and listen to audiobooks; I tried listening to a few different books with little success as I found that I preferred to use the "old school" method of reading an actual book. When I hold a book in my hands as I read, I am able to flip back a few pages when I am unable to recall a sequence of events or I am able to reread a paragraph or phrase to help me grasp a concept or better understand the author's meaning. …

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