We are keenly aware of the connection of listening skills and students’ behavior. Observe a class for a short period of time and you will quickly see which students need extra listening lessons. Teachers with a “Listen Logan” may feel exhausted by the end of the day because of the extra time spent directing and redirecting their “Listen Logan”. Does this sound familiar?
- Logan, why aren’t you lined up? I blew my whistle twice.
- Logan, I told the class that everyone needs to push in his or her chair before you come to the carpet. Why didn’t you follow directions?
- Logan how many times do I have to ask you to . . . .
- Logan, bring me your take-home folder . . . (5 minutes later) Logan, I need your take-home folder. (another 5 minutes) Where is your take-home folder, Logan?
- Logan, do you see what all of your classmates are doing? We clean up when I ring my bell 3 times. Why aren’t you cleaning up?
Listening skills are one of those unsung heroes of the academic skill world. We often hear and read articles, books, and posts about phonics, phonemic awareness, addition, and subtraction. What we often overlook is the impact listening skills have on students’ academic achievement.
If a “Listen Logan” is not actively listening to your lesson, he or she will miss valuable content which overtime impacts academic achievement.
- 10 – 12 Lessons with Teacher directions
- Answer key – sample
- Student worksheet
- Sign with Listen & Draw directions (listen to teacher, work quietly, etc.)
- Student A – Expectation: write 1 complete sentence = 1 point
- Use the 10 points chart
- Student B – Expectation: write more than 1 sentence = 2 points
- Use 12 points chart
- Student C – Expectation: You can set your own expectations. Suggestion:
- Student earns 2 points if he/she adds detail to picture that shows the setting of the picture.
- Students earns 3 points for writing 3+ sentences that include 5 or more words.
What do you do if some of your students need more practice but not all of them? There are 12 lessons in this file. If you use 4 of the lessons for Beginning of the year, 1st quarter, 2nd quarter, and 3rd quarter assessments, you will have 8 lessons to use with these students.
Recognize and reward your Super Listeners. There are Brag Tags and happy notes included to motivate all of your students. Hopefully, with a little extra practice and motivation all of your students will become better listeners and you will come home with more energy!