"If you want to learn to listen in order to teach really well, and to find your teaching interesting from one year to the next, pay close attention to how these teachers do their daily work."
From the Foreword by Frederick Erickson
"This is a beautifully crafted, wise, humane book that counters the rush to standards and test-taking. In place of a ‘one-size-fits-all’ strategy that constricts learning, Schultz advocates convincingly for a nuanced approach based on ‘listening.’ This is a book every educator from kindergarten through graduate school should read."
Michael B. Katz, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania
How can new and experienced teachers rethink the ways of teaching and learn to embrace and learn from the diversity they encounter among their students? Rather than preparing teachers to follow prescriptions or blueprints, Katherine Schultz suggests that we show them how to attend to and respond to the students they teach. In this book, she offers a conceptual framework for "deep listening," illustrating how successful teachers listen for the particularities of individual students, listen for the rhythm and balance of the whole class, listen for the broader contexts of students’ lives, and listen for silence and acts of silence. Listening in this manner brings together knowledge of individual students, an understanding of a student’s place within the classroom, and mastery of subject matter and pedagogy. This volume features compelling case studies that reveal the classroom lives of teachers who are exemplary listeners.