Mindful Listening Activities

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

Mindful listening is all about putting all one's energy into the act of hearing and making sense of what is heard. In this lesson plan, students will be engaged in several activities to help them develop their mindful listening skills.

Mindful Listening

Teaching students how to focus on listening is essential. Mindful listening is a skill that will help students navigate their way through both their educational career and through life in general. Learning to focus energy and attention on what can be heard is a skill that must be practiced. The following activities have been developed for the purpose of helping students developed and refine this skill. All activities can be used with a variety of different ages.

Guess the Object

In this activity, students will have to apply critical thinking to their listening skills.

Materials: several different objects (ie: a book, an apple, a raisin, sunglasses, chapstick, etc.), blindfolds

  • Put students into pairs.
  • Put a blindfold on one student in each pair.
  • Give the second student an object to hold.
  • Using only descriptive words in line with the five senses, have the student holding the object describe it to the partner that is blindfolded.
    • The student cannot tell what the object is used for or what it does.
    • The student can only describe what the object looks like, feels like, smells like, etc.
  • The blindfolded student will practice listening skills as the object is described and, when ready, will guess what the object is based on the descriptions given.
  • Repeat the process so that each student is able to be a listener and a describer at least two times each.

Listen Carefully. What Do You Hear?

For this activity, students will be taken outside to practice their listening skills.

Materials: writing paper, pencils, clipboards or books or something that is hard so students can write

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