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Sunday, April 21, 2013
The administrator’s review committee had emailed recently its novel notice of planned “listening circles” to faculty members.
Grateful for a chance to share our views, nearly 40 folks quickly slipped into an ordinary classroom in a 50-year-old building at the allotted time.
Many spoke passionately of small pleasures and large disappointments. The steady rhythm of comments kept the chairperson scribbling notes on a legal-sized pad for the full hour.
Noting first the unusual absence of the chairperson’s laptop, I then became acutely aware of the room’s amazing, historic progression of presentation modes attached to the walls: bulletin board, green board, pull-down screen for overhead and later, LCD projection and Smart Board.
Surrounded by these state-of-the-art communication tools and skilled in their use, we had opted for speaking and listening, pen and paper.
The stark simplicity of direct human expression delivered powerful messages that afternoon.
Weather JournalEarly mix, then ice storm Sunday