Listening Is Learning: Conversations between 20th and 21st Century Teachers
Listening is Learning invites young teachers to seek the knowledge and advice of former teachers, retired educators, respected veterans, and fellow newcomers. It encourages them to step away from their isolated classrooms and search for the best ideas, methods, materials, insights––and seek moments of success, epiphanies, and joy.
As he was writing, Thoms discovered ideas for 21st Century teaching, which emerged from the wisdom voiced in his young teachers. Good conversations generate welcome solutions, even inside the writer's head.
The conversations in each chapter center arround Thoms's teaching practices in the US, England, Mexico, and the former Soviet Union. The 21st-century classroom needs to become a sanctuary. Perhaps last place for children to learn the value of body language, tone, and respect for one anothers' thinking in conversation. The place where gestures, animation, eye contact, and voice make for deeper understanding of one another.