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  • 0:00 Reasons for Thinking…
  • 1:16 Listening Is Self-Monitoring
  • 2:18 Giving Cues to the Speaker
  • 3:29 Strategies for Dealing…
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Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Sometimes it seems like children just won't listen! Maybe they simply don't have the skills yet. This lesson will give you some strategies for teaching your students to listen.

Reasons for Thinking About Listening

The idea that children won't listen, or hear and pay full attention, is a pretty frequent complaint. Often, it seems as though little ones are interested in talking and playing, but not so much in paying attention to what other people have to say. At other times, it seems as though children hear and remember everything. Even things we might not want them to recall. How can you channel this listening potential in a constructive way? How could you make sure the children in your class listen to you, to other adults, and maybe most importantly, to one another?

The truth is that listening is a complicated skill. Many of us might feel as though we are listening, but later we realize we were tuning an entire conversation out. Or we might be listening and paying attention carefully, but it seems to the person we are talking to as though we are somewhere else altogether. If listening is complicated for adults, it is all the more challenging for children, who haven't put as much thought into it or had the same opportunities to learn and practice. This lesson gives you a few explicit strategies for helping the students in your class learn listening.

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