Evidence That It Works
A study found that adults who experienced active listening reported feeling more understood at the end of a conversation in comparison to those being given advice or having their view simply acknowledged.
Why Does It Matter?
School staff have very busy jobs that can be extremely stressful, leaving no time to connect with each other. And yet ironically, the antidote to the stress of teaching is through a climate where adults support and feel connected to one another.
Taking a moment to listen to a colleague and really hear them can make that person feel seen–that they matter and are valued. This, in turn, strengthens the relationships between staff members, creating a more positive school climate.