a. Observe an adult in the classroom who is sympathetically listening to a nonacademic experience a child is sharing. What do you notice about how the adult is using listening techniques? What seems to be the child’s demeanor at the start of the conversation, at the end? Relate your findings to specific listening techniques mentioned in the chapter.
b. Interview a teacher about the priority he gives to listening to individual children’s personal experiences. Ask the teacher if he can remember an experience when he helped a child by listening. How does the teacher cope with the “time problem” that listening to individual children entails? Compare your findings to ideas from the text.