Active Listening

Active Listening hones in on body language that shows interest. Facing a person, maintaining eye contact, nodding, and reducing extraneous body movements all show active listening. Moving far beyond following a set of rules, students will learn that Active Listening helps others feel connected to them.

Sample Video:

Showing You're Listening

VIDEO MODELING – When we want to show others that we’re listening, we need to place our bodies near them, keep our eyes on them and follow where they look and keep our bodies quiet. We can nod and ask them questions to show we listened and are interested in what they have to say.

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Transcript:

[SCENE 1]

Madison: I had such a busy weekend. It was my brother’s birthday, so we had a party for him on Saturday. On Sunday, we had a big yard sale. The yard sale was a lot of work, but it paid off. I even found some cool stuff in my basement.

Connor: That’s cool. What did you find?

Madison: I found some old jewelry of my great grandmother’s.

Connor: That’s cool. One time, I went to a yard sale and I found some old baseball cards.

 

[FROM MY VIEW]

Connor: (internal thought) When friends tell me something, I show that I’m listening by looking at them, facing my body towards them, and keeping my hands and feet calm and quiet. Even if I really want to say something, I look at them and wait until they’re done, then I can have a turn.

[SCENE 1 replay]

Madison: I had such a busy weekend. It was my brother’s birthday, so we had a party for him on Saturday. On Sunday, we had a big yard sale. The yard sale was a lot of work, but it paid off. I even found some cool stuff in my basement.

Connor: That’s cool. What did you find?

Madison: I found some old jewelry of my great grandmother’s.

Connor: That’s cool. One time, I went to a yard sale and I found some old baseball cards.

 

[FURTHER PRACTICE]

Narrator: To show our friends we’re listening, we can watch them with our eyes, face our bodies towards them, and ask specific questions to show we are listening.

Connor: That’s cool. What did you find? 

Narrator: Watching our friends helps us know when it’s time for us to have a turn talking. 

Connor: That’s cool. One time I went to a yard sale and I found some old baseball cards.

 

Companion Worksheet:

Every video comes with a companion worksheet for students to review what they just learned. This helps assess comprehension and promote generalization by reinforcing the concepts covered in the video.

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