#9. Promoting Dialogue — Listen, for there are answers all around you.

This is probably the best advice ever given on listening:

“Listen now. When people talk listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe. You should be able to go into a room and when you come out know everything that you saw there and not only that. If that room gave you any feeling you should know exactly what it was that gave you that feeling. Try that for practice. When you’re in town stand outside the theatre and see how the people differ in the way they get out of taxis or motor cars. There are a thousand ways to practice. And always think of other people.” — Ernest Hemingway

  • How can you address your student needs when you have not heard them out?
  • How can you identify if your students have indeed internalized your lessons?
  • How can you expect your students to listen to you when you don’t?

Check this link for more on Hemingway and his advice to writers.