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I'm Listening

Rely on I’m Listening to help you drive deeper, more meaningful learning by integrating relationship building into lesson design. Written by practitioner Beth Pandolpho, this resource outlines how to foster a sense of belonging while also maintaining the integrity of the content. Using the book’s practical strategies will help you empower learners to succeed at all subjects by being proficient readers, writers, speakers, and listeners.


  • Explore the importance and benefits of building strong relationships with students and discover the direct link to academic performance.
  • Study the research and theories that support the assertion that robust teacher-student relationships create a better learning environment.
  • Acquire dozens of tools and strategies for building camaraderie with students and developing strong literacy skills in students.
  • Learn how to bolster students’ speaking and listening skills, which are rarely addressed, and see how activities intersect with common standards.
  • Read in-depth real-world anecdotes from teachers who share their activities and experiences.

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Part I: Building the Foundation for Where Learning Begins
Chapter 1: Appreciating Why Relationships Matter in School
Chapter 2: Creating Relationships With Students
Chapter 3: Moving Toward Belonging
Part II: Supporting the Development of Literacy Skills Built on the Foundation of Relationships and Belonging
Chapter 4: Developing Readers
Chapter 5: Developing Writers
Chapter 6: Developing Speakers and Listeners
Epilogue: Listening With an Ear Toward the Future
Appendix: Teachers’ Stories


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Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6



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  • Boogren, T. H. (2018). Take Time for You: Self-Care Action Plans for Educators. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.