Silence. Just by looking at the word I can feel its power. Silence is such a treasure, and to teach its value to my young students is quite the challenge. A teacher’s environment is naturally noisy. It should be. Chatter means communication is happening…and communication is a key component in life. The challenge comes to play when the communication or thought process of others becomes interrupted. This is the struggle many of the young humans in my classroom go through everyday…the self-monitoring of their own desires to talk, to share, no matter what environment they are in or what is going on around them. To truly listen, we must practice silence. To truly focus on certain tasks, we must practice silence. Silence not only allows us to listen intently to others, but to also listen deeply to what is within us. Silence can make the difference between confusion and enlightenment. A Japanese architect once said, “you don’t necessarily get silence from an environment that is silent…you feel silence when you expect noise”…and for me, in particular, this man describes silence perfectly. The next time silence has descended upon you, marvel at its superpower. Watch what silence does and listen to what silence is trying to say.