My grandparents have always been one of my go-to sources of advice and wisdom. They have very different (and frequently conflicting) perspectives but I can always count on them to find the root of the problem or supply me with the perfect one-liner. Since I can remember, when finding myself in a jam, as the new kid on the block or looking for some answers, my grandpa has ultimately said: more ears, less mouth. It has proven successful in every instance where I have intentionally applied this adage and even in times where I haven't. The solution (or the problem) is often revealed when you are more ears and listen.
This advice has also been essential in my interactions and relationships with students. So often I find myself jumping at the chance to solve a problem, re-direct or ask a question but there is power in the pause. Listening (even if it is to silence) can be the tipping point for self-discovery, ownership and problem-solving.
As I continue to explore my new job on a redefined journey of self-reflection I thought this would be a good opportunity to remind myself to be more ears and less mouth. Listen to others and listen to myself.