To support the sense of belonging and the sense of unique self, listening groups provide a time where an advisor meets with a small group of students from the advisory to share and listen. As Stephen Covey states in his book The Eighth Habit, finding one’s voice and inspiring others to find their voice is the most important habit of the habits he promotes.
When students feel heard, they are more likely to listen to others, build trust and respect, enhance understanding of themselves, and nurture empathy and caring. This leads to better academic performance as students gain confidence in speaking up in class, grow in critical thinking, and foster their ability to formulate their own opinions honed by critical listeners. This structure is one of the critical aspects of River School’s implicit curriculum . [link to the section on implicit curriculum]