Ah, listening, the neglected literacy skill. I know when I was a high school English teacher this was not necessarily a primary focus; I was too busy honing the more measurable literacy skills -- reading, writing, và speaking. But when we think about career & college readiness, listening skills are just as important. This is evidenced by the listening standards found in the Comtháng Chip Core & also the integral role listening plays in collaboration and communication, two of the four Cs of 21st century learning.

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So how bởi vì we help kids become better listeners? Check out these tactics for encouraging a deeper level of listening that also include student accountability:

Strategy #1: Say it Once

Repeating ourselves in the classroom will produce lazy listening in our students. If kids are accustomed to hearing instructions twice, three times, và even four times, listening the first time around becomes unnecessary. Begin the year by establishing that you are a teacher who rarely repeats instructions and this will surely perk up ears.

Of course you don"t want khổng lồ leave distracted students in the dust so for those few who forgot lớn listen, you can advise them to lớn, "ask three, then ask me."

Strategy #2: Turn and Talk

One way to lớn inspire active listening in your students is to give them a listening task. It might look lượt thích this, "I"m going to describe the process of _________. I will pause along the way & ask you to lớn turn lớn a partner & explain khổng lồ them what you heard." You can ask students lớn take turns talking each time you pause, & meanwhile, walk around observing their conversations (also allowing you to lớn kiểm tra for understanding).

Strategy #3: Student H& Signals

Asking students to lớn pay full attention and indicating that they will follow this with a non-verbal signal is a wonderful tool for sharpening those listening skills. It can look like this: "I"m going to lớn read a former president"s statement about why he believes war is sometimes necessary. When I"m finished, you will chia sẻ your opinion by holding up one finger if you agree, two fingers if you disagree, & three fingers if you are undecided or if you have a question." This strategy allows whole-class participation & response. It"s also a favorite for kids who are more on the shy side, giving them a "voice."

Watch how hvà signals encourage active sầu listening in a fifth-grade classroom.

Strategy #4: Pay Attention, Pause, Paraphrase

Children need structured opportunities to restrain themselves from speaking in order to lớn keep their attention on listening, especially when working in groups. Try this strategy:

When students talk in pairs or small groups, assign one speaker at a time only (they can number off).Ask all others lớn listen fully to lớn whoever is speaking & to avoid formulating a response while the other person talks. Tell them to lớn simply listen that is all. (This is a difficult task even for adults!)When the person stops talking, the other takes a breath before she speaks & then paraphrases something her partner just said: "You believe that...." "You aren"t sure if....".After paraphrasing her partner, she can then follow that with an "I" statement: "I see what you mean...", "I"m not sure I agree...".

Discussion sentence starters are a helpful tool for students as they learn this new way of having a conversation. It"s also incredibly helpful for students lớn see this in action. Ask a couple of students lớn Mã Sản Phẩm it for the whole class or have an adult visit to partner with you.

Strategy #5: Creating Questions

If your students are listening to lớn a speech, watching a documentary clip, or hearing a story read aloud, break it up by stopping a few times và having students write a question or two about what they just heard. This way, students actively listen for any confusion or wonderings they may have -- this takes a high-màn chơi of concentration. It"s important to lớn provide models for this since we are typically trained in school to lớn look for the answers & information rather than to lớn focus on what is not understood or is still a mystery.

Motivating Words

Good listeners are both rare và valued. It"s important to lớn nói qua this with students, and lớn also chia sẻ the fact that people who really listen -- make eye tương tác, show interest, & restrain from cutting others off in a conversation -- are easy khổng lồ like and respect.

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Here"s also a few quotes lớn present khổng lồ students and/or post around your classroom:

"If speaking is silver, then listening is gold." -- Turkish saying

"I think the one lesson I have sầu learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention." -- Diane Sawyer, newscaster

"One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening lớn what another has to lớn say." -- Bryant McGill, author

In what ways vì chưng you teach active sầu listening in your classroom? Please share with us in the phản hồi section.