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I have a confession. I don't think I'm great at this. I do make sure my kids to talk to their neighbors throughout the day. Yet I'm afraid there's too much talking at each other than with. I know this is something that's within a first grader's ability, but it's up to me to create the atmosphere where it can happen. As someone who has been communicating for 41 years, I sometimes forget that the little people I teach have only been around for 6 or 7. Most of them won't learn this skill on accident. The give and take of communication and ability to build upon one another's ideas must be taught, so it's certainly not their fault. Regie Routman is right when she said, "When my teaching breaks down, it's almost always because my demonstrations have not been sufficient." It's my lack of modeling and intentionality that keeps them from communicating well. I'm actually in the midst of teaching this skill now and making a note in my plans to teach it much earlier in the year. (Duh.) I know the thinking and learning that will result from talking with each other, rather than at, will be much richer and deeper. Better start learning how to do this now.
Guess what? I've got guests today that I'm very excited to share with you all. They've got their own Saturday Sayings this morning. Ready to be inspired? Head on over and see what Laurie, Rachel, and Kiira have to say. I'm so looking forward to their thoughts!