I'm Listening offers strategies for teachers to develop strong relationships with students and create a classroom community in which students feel safe and valued. It provides specific standards-based ideas and instructional activities grounded in the philosophy of social-emotional learning (SEL) that teachers across the disciplines can use to promote literacy development.

I'm Listening is both practical and uplifting. Stories and anecdotes from life, literature, and classrooms illuminate how the development of literacy skills is fostered when relationships and belonging are integrated into classroom culture and lesson design. Teachers and students lend their voices to this book, not only to inspire, but also to remind us of the powerful connection between relationships and learning.