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How Can We Help Students Develop Better Listening Skills?

By Larry Ferlazzo — August 25, 2011 1 min read

This week’s question comes from Chris Moore, who asks:

“How do you teach people to LISTEN better? Everyone seems to want very individualized instructions. They don’t listen to any of the instructions and then the minute they have a problem with the assignment they want me to explain it all over again to them personally. It seems to be almost every teacher’s number one problem -- how to teach listening skills...”

Many of us have faced, are facing, or will face this challenge. It can be frustrating to hear students asking “What are we supposed to do?” within seconds of having explained instructions.

Please leave your responses to Chris’ question in the comments section of this post. I’ll share a few of them next Wednesday, where I’ll also publish my response and ideas from invited guests.

Anyone whose question is selected for this weekly column can choose one free book from a selection of twelve published by Eye On Education. Thanks, Chris!

You can send questions to me at lferlazzo@epe.org.When you send in your question, let me know if I can use your real name if it’s selected or if you’d prefer remaining anonymous and have a pseudonym in mind.

I’m looking forward to learning from people’s responses!

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