When I became a teacher, my main goal was to listen to my students to better assist with their learning. I encourage my students to speak up and out about things they like as well as those they do not like. As a result, there is an open communication between all inside and outside the classroom; building self-confidence and positive esteem. I enjoy hearing what they are thinking and I encourage them to respectfully share their views with others.
When we listen to our students we become better teachers; tapping into their needs and embracing their wants. We should aspire to not only teach children but cultivate great thinkers.