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Friday, February 25 • 12:30pm - 1:45pm
‘Listening, Laughing and Leading’

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In ‘Listening, Laughing and Leading’ Mitchell shares his long journey to being a better listener. The themes are introduced with songs on guitar and banjo. Mitchell outlines how his experiences as teacher and principal led him to examine his listening skills.
After retirement from education, Mitchell continued his transformation from speaker to listener while working as Faculty Development Facilitator at the College of the Rockies and as Social Governance Officer for the Ktunaxa First Nation. He learned about Indigenous listening from the Ktuanxa and from Dr. Laura Brearley’s ‘Indigenous Deep Listening’ project in Australia.
The following topics are addressed with research, theories, songs and anecdotes:
Listening Info You Already Know: a review of listening research, types of listening and habits of poor listeners.
Listening to Ourselves: you can’t truly listen to others until you’ve listened to yourself. How do we listen to ourselves? Finding our “sweet spot” on the introvert-extrovert continuum. What drains our energy and what restores it?
Listening to Students: Dr. Scott Peck’s Creative Upward Cycle of Growth explains how listening builds relationships with students.
Listening to Colleagues: finding a listening partner to share the journey.
SSLANT Program: a program that can be implemented in the classroom to encourage respectful communication among students. It also encourages shy students to assert themselves and to participate in classroom discussion. Reflecting on ideas from the book Quiet, participants discuss how these strategies could impact students.
Laughter: The Open Loop: explores how laughter unites people and creates a trusting climate. In a neurological sense, laughter represents the shortest distance between two people because it instantly interlocks limbic systems.
How Listening and Laughing Inform Servant Leadership: knowing who we are, what we believe and what we value, should inform our actions as leaders and our communication patterns.

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Douglas Mitchell

'Listening, Laughing and Leading' explores how listening and laughing create trusting relationships with students and colleagues, foster positive classroom and school climate, and develop authentic leadership. Themes are introduced with light-hearted songs on guitar and banjo inspired... Read More →

Friday February 25, 2022 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST
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