Listen to Your Students
Teachers are busy—so busy we often don’t hear what students say. Sometimes we hear things that students don’t say. I’ll make a case for the importance of listening carefully to students of all ages. I’ll encourage you to make time to listen more carefully, and I’ll give you some simple strategies for doing it.
Call to Action
Try this 3 times: When a student explains something or makes a claim in the regular course of class, and you believe you and the student have a shared understanding, ask a follow-up question. Listen carefully to the response. Make a note of any differences between what you expected to hear and what you heard. Share one instance where these differed by briefly describing: (1) The initial student explanation or claim, (2) Your follow up question, (3) What you expected to hear, (4) What you did hear, and (5) Your reflections on what this difference means for your class.
About the Speaker
Christopher Danielson is a curriculum writer, educator, math blogger, and researcher bringing cutting edge ideas from mathematics education research to parents and teachers across the country. He teaches at Normandale Community College in Minnesota. He has written Common Core Math For Parents For Dummies, which came out April 2015. He blogs at Talking Math with Your Kids and Overthinking My Teaching. Find him on Twitter: @Trianglemancsd.
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