chapter  6
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Effective Listening

With each passing school day, it seems increasingly difficult to attend to only one thing at a time. Many of us are guilty of multitasking to a detrimental degree. Like many educators, I often find myself so overwhelmed with work that I resort to talking on the phone while simultaneously composing an email. While meeting with students, parents, or teachers in my office, it is tempting to answer the phone or glance at an incoming e-mail. In the long run, however, I feel that such practices not only send a horrible message but actually take away time rather than save time, since most of us work much more effectively when focusing on one task at a time.