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Productive Listening

“Robust teacher listening cultivates a space where students can engage in productive struggle and think critically about their own and each others’ ideas”

— Hintz, Tyosn, and English

We all know that classroom dialogue is important.  We encourage number talks, we post talk move posters in classrooms, and we spend a lot of time in classrooms thinking about how we generate productive discourse. I’d like to shift the focus to fostering productive listening.

Productive listening is that kind of listening that invites others to share more with you while furthering your understanding of their ideas.

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