Practicing with empathic listening

How to practice so kids will listen.

One of my favorite blogs, Plucky Violin Teacher, is hosting a book club for teachers. I’m not a teacher, but I don’t mind eavesdropping a bit for some tips for home practice.

Recently, McKenzie Clawson wrote up a very relevant review of the classic parenting book: “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (available at your public library.) I enjoyed the way that McKenzie reframed the authors’ take on empathic communication with students as a series of dialogs between teacher and students. I was particularly reminded by her point 3. Fix with one word to avoid long-winded discussions . My daughter zones out when I start into a long explanation.

Definitely worth reading her post.

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Alan is the main practice partner and accompanist for a young violinist.