Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Can you hear me now?


Thomas Friedman says listening is a 21st century skill. He isn't talking about iPods or cellphones. What skills are needed to be a listener? To truly hear what another is saying one needs to focus. That applies to music as well. To truly hear what the music is saying one needs to focus attention. Preconceived notions must be dropped. This is true for all learners. Those in your classrooms will not listen to you if they do not drop their preconceived notions about what you will say.
I wonder how we are going to encourage listening? How will we emphasize this skill or will we largely ignore it? Will our cultural lack of listening be our downfall? Please continue this conversation....

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