Strategies for Active Listening and Connecting:
Repeat what was said (another student or teacher)
Add on to what someone repeated
Use hand signals instead of hand raising
* to add to something someone said put up two fingers
* to add something new put your thumb up
* use “I agree with you sign” put up three finger
New information makes me change what I think…
Pair share (let your students have time to talk to each other during a lesson)
Acknowledge the contributions of others (take time to let your students share ideas from others)
*These strategies are from many different sources which I used over the years. Introduce one at a time and practice before you introduce another one.
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