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Enhancing relationships: active listening

Possible Learning Activities

  • In pairs, one student could tell the other what they did after school yesterday. Before listening to the story, the other student picks a role card that tells them how to behave while they are listening, for example, fidgeting, not looking at the speaker, interrupting, giving advice during the storytelling, or going to sleep.
  • Students can take turns at being the storyteller and swap roles.
  • After the exercise, discuss with students how it felt to be talking to people who were behaving like that. Ask:  “How did that feel? Did you find it easy to keep talking?"
  • Ask students to suggest how an active listener would behave, such as looking at the speaker, not interrupting, and asking questions to find out more information.
  • Repeat the role-play, with all students practising active listening.

Suggested Learning Outcome

Students will demonstrate the skills of active listening (2C3).

Hauora

(particularly taha hinengaro, taha whānau)

Contributing to the mental and emotional well-being of self and others by developing positive relationships.

Attitudes and Values

Demonstrating care and concern, and respect for the rights of others.

Teachers' Notes

  • Students need opportunities to practise being active listeners. Reinforce this activity in all curriculum areas by encouraging students to use active listening whenever they share their ideas and opinions.
  • The list of positive behaviours developed by students could be recorded on a chart on the classroom wall for student reference.

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