My classroom is not a quiet, orderly place.
Students are constantly moving, thinking, talking, reading and writing.
I do my best to help my students find success.

July 15, 2014


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Today my brother and I had a long talk.  The good thing is that he did most of the talking.  I did most of the listening.

He has lots of different struggles, some big, some small.  Struggles that most of us have.  The problem is that he feels like there's no one in the family that can listen without judging him for his choices.  I understand that.  I usually keep my big problems to myself and vent all my little problems to anyone who will listen.

I don't know if my brother will make any huge life changes or decisions based on our two-hour conversation.  I do hope he feels like he was heard and not judged.  I hope I was a good listener.  He needs understanding and ideas to move forward.  I hope he will find some positive moments in his life this week.


  1. Just having that listening ear and being non-judgmental is what a person needs. I'm sure your brother felt your love and concern just by being there for him. The door has been opened and he will come back to share again.

  2. I know that is exactly what your brother needed. Just to do a mind purge of anything and everything -- to clear it all out. Your listening and his sharing will help him as he moves forward. I'm sure he appreciated your ear and will share more. Such as a good sister!

  3. Listeners are hard to come by, even in a family. The two hours that you gave to your brother are priceless. Seeds were planted. I would want to have a sister that listens like you!