Why teachers should listen more, speak less

When teachers speak less, they allow students to direct their own learning, figure out answers on their own and facilitate their own lessons, middle-grades educator Jessica Cuthbertson writes in this commentary. Cuthbertson learned these lessons and more when laryngitis limited her ability to lecture and answer questions. "What I discovered: When my voice is nothing but a whisper, my students' voices rise in a crescendo of learning and leadership," she writes.

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