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Inside Teaching : August 2010
Inside Teaching | August 2010 10 THINGS I'VE LEARNED ABOUT TEACHING 20 1LISTEN WELL The Japanese character for listening has symbols for the eyes, ears, heart and the mind. For me this means that good communication is about using all my senses, with empathy and sensitivity. The capacity to listen is a critical part of communication and a skill which needs to be constantly practised. I’ve found that listening attentively and refectively without interrupting or interjecting is the foundation of developing respectful reciprocal relationships. 2BUILD BRIDGES, DON’T BURN THEM The capacity to be fexible, creative and able to change, while keeping the integrity of my core beliefs as an educator, is a challenge I’ve faced many times. Consider, for example, the current changes in curriculum and regulatory frameworks in early childhood which require educators to think creatively in order to expand on the traditional view of the role of the community and school in a child’s education and development. Award-winning teacher FIONA FARREN has learned plenty of things about teaching, not least that teaching and learning happens everywhere from the classroom to the sandpit. things I've learned about teaching 10