ABOUT CRITICAL LISTENING
One classroom organizational idea that always worked for me in my 34 years as an elementary teacher, as far as attentive listening and overall behavior are concerned, is called LISTENING COLORS.
I developed the concept of Listening Colors for use in all of my classrooms, grades primary through six with minor adjustments
being made at times for upper/lower grades of course.
It works on the premise that all students need to be good, active listeners no matter who is speaking to them; a teacher, another staff member, guest speakers or peers. It promotes the use of active listening and acceptable behavior in the classroom and hallways as an extension of the classroom.
I use a color name tag system whereby students can track their own progress in responsible listening throughout each day.
We all know that school life is not a still life painting, so asking our students to focus on better listening is something we find ourselves constantly doing. Any student might be asked once to listen better, we're all human after all, but being asked a second time or more can be disruptive to everyone. Individual students should know that close attention must be paid by everyone to make a classroom run smoothly.
Listening colors will help students to track and change where necessary, their own individual listening skills. It's simple to initiate and to understand. It's consistently rewarding and challenging for the students and it's a way to make students WANT to listen as best they can because there are some perks given for what I call GREEN CARD listeners.
Check it out. CRITICAL LISTENING COLORS is a few minutes work for a year of improved listening success.