One of the best parts of my job is going into classrooms and working with students. I love it! I can go in, talk to students, joke with students, and learn from students just by being a good listener. I think that all students want to be listened to, really listened to.
When we confer with our students in reading or writing, we need to remember to do just that. Let the student talk, and we listen. Take their lead, what do they want to work on to make them more successful? How can we support their learning choices?
Today I met with several students, their teachers watched as I conferred. “That’s it?” one teacher said. “You just listen and ask them questions?”
We know there is an art to asking questions (that is another topic), but we can all start by listening.