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Educational Psychologist, Former Teacher, Teacher Educator, and Author

Jane, Marcus and I agree

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Jane,

Marcus and I agree that explicitly teaching students how to learn yields high rewards for both students and teachers! As you probably know, listening (and oral expression) are now featured more prominently in the common core standards alongside reading and writing. Best wishes as you enjoy teaching this strategy!

Donna

elementary special ed teacher

Love the idea for explicitly

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Love the idea for explicitly teaching listening to my students. I work with students who have identified learning differences so even more than other students they benefit from direct instruction in how to learn.

Educational Psychologist, Former Teacher, Teacher Educator, and Author

Naomi, We have worked with

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Naomi,

We have worked with high school teachers who have shared this process with their students. The key is to dialogue with colleagues in your school to investigate ways to that might work best for your particular students.

Best wishes to you!

Hello, This article was truly

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Hello,

This article was truly fascinating! I definitely plan on trying to implement this in some way in my classroom. I teach high school chemistry and feel like my students might not respond to a strategy that is taught so explicitly. What are your thoughts on teaching the same skills in a more covert manner?

Educational Psychologist, Former Teacher, Teacher Educator, and Author

Melissa, Thank you for your

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Melissa, Thank you for your comment. You are right on! We think it is critically important to explicitly teach the cognitive skills that are expected of students at school. When I worked as a school psychologist and conducted over 1,000 diagnostic assessments, I found that underdeveloped cognitive skills essential for learning were often at the root of students academic and social difficulty. Good to hear about your college's attention to skills such as listening, speaking, and writing.

Donna

Educational Psychologist, Former Teacher, Teacher Educator, and Author

Tara, Thanks for your

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Tara, Thanks for your message. Congratulations to your school for what you are already doing to help students learn how to learn and for adding the HEAR strategy to your toolbox. Your insight about the importance of adults learning to listen is spot on. Listening for understanding another's point of view is at the foundation of developing a collaborative learning culture.

Do keep us posted on your school's progress!

Donna and Marcus

Listening is such a vital

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Listening is such a vital skill- assuming that students know HOW to listen is presumptuous and leads to so many issues. The HEAR acronym and method sounds like it would help make the process more explicit. My undergraduate college (Alverno College) actually required a course on listening, as well as other courses on speaking, writing, etc.

K-8 Title 1 Teacher

Excellent strategy! I am

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Excellent strategy! I am currently taking a course in which we are discussing the benefits of professional learning communities. Not only is your HEAR strategy beneficial for our students but for ourselves as educators while collaborating as well.
I especially enjoy your use of a hard hat in your classroom. I taught Kindergarten for a year and I use to wear a princess crown to remind my students not to interrupt during reading groups. I love the visual reminder such a simple thing as wearing a hat provides for our students. It is completely acceptable to be silly and make a fool of yourself if it is helping students to learn!
In regards to your 3 questions, my school does devote time to teaching strategies that help improve classroom management. As a school we work on a specific goal each week, so that all teachers are on board with the same goal. It doesn't matter who's class a student is in because we are all working on the same thing. One of our goals was listening. We discussed what it looks like to listen with our entire body from top to bottom. I think that the HEAR strategy would be an excellent addition to the lesson, especially being that it is easy to remember the four points. And of course the hard hat too! Thank you for the information and ideas!

Florida

This is so great, I love

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This is so great, I love brains :-)

1st Grade Teacher in SW Washington

Marcus, Thank you for your

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Marcus,
Thank you for your encouragement! I am excited to have a discussion with my K-5 team. I will keep you updated with their responses and ideas! I agree with what you said about when students and educators become metacognitive. Thank you for your advice and input. It is much appreciated!

Sincerely,
MD

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