Claire Williams

Waverly, PA, United States

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Claire Williams
Posted about 2 years ago
What are 5 things you have learned that has completely changed your life?
1. I learned as a therapist to assume nothing; we all experience life differently, so what I may perceive as a problem is not necessarily a problem for someone else. You need to get out of your own way to be a real listener. 2. You can't want more for a person than they want for themselves. 3. One thing Buckminster Fuller said we need to learn from children is to remember to ask the big questions. This is, I think, essential in maintaining a sense of wonder. 4. Perspective can save your life. 5. What's said can't be unsaid.
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Claire Williams
Posted about 3 years ago
Why should listening be taught as a skill in school?
Learning requires real attentiveness. All day, all around me, I see people who are not attentive, who are not really present. conversations are interrupted by phone calls, by by the compulsive checking of emails. We eat watching television, we drive while texting. How many people do you see in a day walking while looking at some device in their hand? It feels like everyone is somewhere else, rather than in the here and now. Listening requires focus and engagement. Real listening results not only in the acquisition of new knowledge, but in gaining some perspective of the speaker, which is absolutely necessary to mediation. I agree wholeheartedly that listening is a skill that should be taught;that we need to stop and listen in order to process ideas.
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Claire Williams
Posted about 3 years ago
What is the difference between a good teacher and a great teacher?
I think the best teachers I've had were not merely knowledgable, but conveyed a real sense of interest and excitement in their subject matter, which was contagious. Acquiring a grade was secondary, at best, to acquiring knowledge. It's been four decades since I sat in a classroom, but I'm still using these great teachers as a jumping off point, and consider myself fortunate to have been encouraged to engage in a lifetime of learning.