Quote of the Day

My friend the educator Dennis Littky (see my 09.07 Blog on his boffo new book, The Big Picture) reports on graffiti that one of his students left on the side of a teacher's truck: "Teaching = Listening. Learning = Talking."

I love that!

TEACHING = LISTENING.
LEARNING = TALKING.

Same for "bossing," I'd vow. Or how about: "Leading is Listening." Or: "BAD 'leaders' have all the answers. GOOD leaders have the best Questions."
Whatever.

If "engagement" is the heart of education or developing a Wow Team, then there is no doubt that top leader kudos go to the top listeners. Axiom: The best ... ONLY? ... way to truly engage someone is to listen to them. (Right??) And ... Part 2 ... engaged people are ... duh ... ENGAGED ... THAT IS, TALKING.

So, until further notice:

TEACHING = LISTENING.
LEARNING = TALKING.

What do you think? (TALK TO ME! I'M LISTENING!)