Learning to Listen
I'm linking up to the Learning to Listen Linky Party hosted by Erica. I find that listening is an area where my students have struggled in the past. I now know that some of my students have never had the chance to practice or learn good listening skills. Before I started practicing whole body listening in my classroom, you would find kids rolling around on the carpet. Most of my students thought that you could only listen with your ears. This year I found a really cute story on Growing Kinders about the day a monster came to school. My students loved listening to this story and really learned some valuable information about listening with your whole body. I have the cute sign up front as a daily reminder of our listening expectations. I also enjoy using the Whole Brain Teaching techniques. My students are trained to use Hands and Eyes which creates instant silence. My class also responds well with the Class, Yes technique. I highly recommend you checking out Whole Brain Teaching. They have a wealth of strategies and techniques that truly work. I have made this poster of attention grabbers, feel free to download.