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John Suarez

John Suarez

John Suarez, coordinator of the Institute for Civic Engagement’s Office of Service-Learning, conducted a workshop at the 2014 Noyce NE Regional Conference in March in Philadelphia, Pa., in which participants applied reflective-listening skills in STEM-based role-play situations that were complicated by cultural concerns that could compromise student learning. Reflective listening skills help teachers maintain good working relationships with students and parents by helping teachers understand other people’s concerns. The role-plays’ concerns dealt with a hands-on hydrofracking classroom demonstration, the reading of a current events evolution newspaper, and a boy-girl teamwork situation in a chemistry laboratory.