Listening is difficult because it requires a focused mind. It’s challenging to discipline our thinking minds, especially for children just starting school.
Why not start at the beginning with listening practice?
A newly posted seminar plan “Breezing Up” includes a “Brief Academic Conversation” as the pre-content step so that participants take just a few minutes to practice listening. https://www.paideia.org/lesson-plans/breezing-up/
Our new Seminar Plan additions, “brief academic conversations,” target discrete speaking and listening skills. In this way, teachers and students take smart steps in moving toward whole class dialogue.