Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Learn to Listen! Listen to Learn!

Dear Children,

" He who does not understand your silence will not understand your words. "
~ Elbert Hubbard

The ability to listen critically is essential in a democracy. On the job, in the community, at service clubs, in the family. Different situations require different types of listening.

We may listen to obtain information, improve a relationship, gain appreciation for something, engage in a critical evaluation.

The only pre-requisite to becoming a more effective listener is a genuine interest in understanding another person's point of view, needs and feelings.

With the possibility of improving our life and the lives of those around us, let us consider investing some of our valuable time to learn more about the art of understanding what is being communicated.

Listening is a seven stage process of : hearing, selecting, attending, understanding
evaluating, remembering and responding actively with feedback.

An important skill for teachers to master is active listening. When teachers listen actively, they send children the message that they are important enough to have the teacher's undivided attention.

When a teacher is an active listener, she is able to guide children to solve problems for themselves.

With Love, Amma-Naana