Listening Exercise

Active listening is key to interacting with others in a way that shows respect. To develop their skill as listeners, high schoolers first play the "Telephone Game" to demonstrate some of the problems that arise in communication. Pairs then engage in an activity that asks them, after listening to their partner for three minutes, to repeat what their partner said. As an exit ticket, individuals evaluate their listening skills in a journal entry.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Begin by having class members generate a list of communication problems and a list of good communication skills
  • At the conclusion of the activity, have individuals consider the lists as they evaluate their listening skills
Classroom Considerations
  • Designed to be conducted by school counselors but appropriate for classroom use as well
  • Third lesson in a seven-lesson unit
  • A list of listening stems is provided to prompt the pair activity
  • No information is included on techniques that can be used to improve communication and listening skills
Common Core