Showing posts with label Listening. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Listening. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Listening Effectively - Tips from a Student

The head tilt says, "I'm listening."
Last week I stumbled upon an older Life Hacker article about how to improve your listening skills. It's a good article that students should read. After reading the article I did a YouTube search for videos on the topic. I found plenty, but none that I thought were worth sharing here. So I headed over to Next Vista to see if there were any student-produced videos about listening skills. Sure enough there was one.

The following student-produced video explains the LEAP technique for effective listening.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Listen and Read - Non-fiction Read Along Activities

Listen and Read is a set of 54 non-fiction stories from Scholastic for K-2 students. The stories are feature pictures and short passages of text that students can read on their own or have read to them by each story's narrator. The collection of stories is divided into eight categories: social studies, science, plants and flowers, environmental stories, civics and government, animals, American history, and community.  I discovered Listen and Read when I Stumbled Upon What Does the President Do? 

Applications for Education
Listen and Read looks to be a great resource for social studies lessons and reading practice in general. At the end of each book there is a short review of the new words that students were introduced to in the book. Students can hear these words pronounced as many times as they like.

Listen and Read books worked on my computer and on my Android tablet. Scholastic implies that the books also work on iPads and IWBs. My iPad is broken at the moment (that's two this year) so I wasn't able to test the books on it.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

TED Talk - Five Ways to Listen Better

Julian Treasure, whose work I've previously highlighted, recently gave a talk at TED Global in Scotland. His talk, 5 Ways to Listen Better, reminds us of the need to slow down and listen to the people and the world around us. At the end of the talk he provides a simple framework for becoming better listeners. That framework is called RASA. You'll have to listen to his talk to learn about RASA, it will be worth the seven minutes of your time.

Applications for Education
This could be a great video to show at the beginning of your new school year to set the tone for class conversations. Julian Treasure's RASA framework for listening is one that could easily be used as the model in your classroom. In fact, I think that I'm going to introduce it to my new students in a few weeks.