Listening and talking this Thanksgiving, with help from StoryCorps

I love to talk, and as the saying goes, I don’t meet many strangers—well, they are not strangers for long. Most of the educators I know are talkers. It’s kind of hard to connect with students if you’re not chatting them up.

We also know that when connecting with students, it is even more important to listen. In fact, that’s how all of us build bridges across differences, come to an understanding, or at the very least, agree to peaceably and respectfully disagree. The Great Thanksgiving Listen provides us—especially students—with the opportunity to practice the skill of hearing each other out.

In the annual Thanksgiving Listen, young people interview their elders to learn about their lives. They discover more about them by asking questions and truly listening to their stories.