Friday, October 17, 2008

Listening, Learning & Teaching

P was having a hard time with his piano piece of the week this morning. He was playing some notes incorrectly and wouldn't believe me when I told him so. In the car we spoke about learning, listening & teaching. I told them how important it was to be able to to teach, and the difficulty of finding the right balance between doing someone's work vs. not helping them enough.

I told them that when deciding who to work with I look for people who are good listeners and to whom I can teach something. Working with people who won't listen (either because they don't want to or because they can't) is very frustrating, while seeing people improve thanks to one's help is extremely rewarding. I also look for people who can teach me things...

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