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Active Listening

In order to have a positive classroom environment, you must first ensure that your students know the expectations for listening and following directions. This is a skill that takes time and effort on the part of the teacher as well as your students. This collection of resources focuses on simple strategies to implement as well as some great activities and lesson plans that your students will love to participate in.
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Active Listening
  • edutopia.org
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    Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen

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    Amanda Helt says:
    Five short and sweet, easy to implement strategies to get your students listening! If you feel like you are constantly repeating yourself, or even talking to yourself, these strategies will be a big help. If you are a fan of motivational quotes posted in your classroom, there are some great ones at the end of this article that focus specifically on being a respectful listener.
  • Amanda Helt says:
    Listening can seem like such a simple task in the classroom. Zip your lips, eyes on the teacher..that's all there is to it, right? Wrong! This resource takes a deeper look into the reasons why active listening can be so tough for students and why it is such an important skill to learn at a young age. After all, you need to be a good listener in all aspects of life, not just in the classroom.
  • Amanda Helt says:
    Active Listening is such an important skill that we should never assume our students have learned all they can about it. This activity will definitely challenge even your best listeners to listen and follow the directions very carefully.
  • Amanda Helt says:
    Using hand signals is such a great way to check for understanding and make sure your students are listening. The best part is there are no distractions and you can easily spot which kiddos are listening and which ones have tuned out. Making a poster in your classroom of the signals would also be beneficial so students are always reminded of the expectations.
  • Amanda Helt says:
    This two-period lesson plan is chalk full of great activities and sentence stems to get your students talking to each other about what active listening looks and sounds like. The handout on page 4 includes listening techniques that your students can glue into their notebooks and refer back to whenever needed.
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