Listening skills impact behavior and academic skills. For some students, listening and following directions is a challenge. If you ask these students if they heard you after you give directions, they will often say yes. But, if you ask them questions about the directions you gave, they cannot explain what they need to do. These students confuse hearing the sound of your voice with listening for meaning. They need to tune into the meaning of the words and practice active listening in order to know how to follow the directions that you give.
Use a radio to show students the difference between hearing and tuning into the meaning. When a student is tuned out, not actively listening to the lesson, they are hearing some of the words. This is like listening to a radio station without being completely tuned into the correct spot. They hear some words, but not all of the words, along with static. They might get the gist of what the DJ is talking about but miss some important details. My new “Tune into the Details” file includes a recording of the first lesson with static so you can demonstrate this with your class.
Students need to practice listening skills frequently. Practice makes perfect, right? Unfortunately, teachers do not always have time to include teachers directed listening lesson with their plans. No problem! I made “Tune into Details – Listening Centers” that students can do independently. Students click on the QR Code at the top of the response page (see above). The directions are read twice. Students can stop the directions to complete the work on the worksheet and begin the directions again when they are ready. Each lesson has a theme. After listening and following directions, the students will write a story using the writing extension page. The FREE sample themes include weather and shapes.
The Tune into Details free sample also includes listening tips like the Listening Walk printable above. You can read more about Listening Walk by Paul Showers HERE.
Tune into the Details – Listening Center – FREE
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