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Becoming an Active Listener

In this class, students will explore how active listening works, the types of situations where active listening is used, and the benefits and challenges of becoming an active listener.
Dr. Harper, Ed.D.
322 total reviews for this teacher
New class
55 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 2 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Mon, Oct 3

Oct 3 – 11 (2 weeks)
Mo, Tu
1:00 – 1:55 PM

Mon, Oct 17

Oct 17 – 25 (2 weeks)
Mo, Tu
1:00 – 1:55 PM

Mon, Oct 31

Oct 31 – Nov 8 (2 weeks)
Mo, Tu
1:00 – 1:55 PM

Mon, Nov 14

Nov 14 – 22 (2 weeks)
Mo, Tu
1:00 – 1:55 PM
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Class Experience

1. The students will learn the unique vocabulary used to describe active listening and use that vocabulary to write a description of the traits and non-traits of an active listener. 

2. The students will begin to connect to the importance of becoming a good listener and identify the challenges to becoming a good listener.

3. The students will match definitions to terms from their word study vocabulary and identify how distractions make becoming an active listener challenging.

4. The students will review steps to active listening, both verbal and non-verbal, evaluate their listening skills, and create a personal action plan for becoming active listeners. 
I am a veteran teacher with 36 years of in-person and online teaching experience at the upper elementary, middle school, and high school levels. 
At the end of the third session, students will be instructed to have a conversation with a friend or family member about any topic they choose. When complete, they should rate their active listening skills from 1 to 5 with 1 being 'not so good' and 5 being, 'excellent.' The students should be prepared to discuss how they would either improve their rating or share what they did to make their conversation a 5.
Handouts will be posted in the classroom.
Students will write reflections at the end of each session to demonstrate their learning. 
1 hour 50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Article: Communication Skills: What is active listening? By Gale, Cengage Learning, adapted by Newsela staff on 10.20.2017.
Subheadings in the article:
How Does Active Listening Work?
In What Types of Situations is Active Listening Used?
What Are Some Examples of Active Listening?
What Are the Benefits of Active Listening?


Dr. Harper, Ed.D.Dr. Debra Harper, Ed.D.
322 total reviews
635 completed classes

About Me

Greetings OutSchool Parents and Students! 
I am Dr. Debra Harper. My specialty areas of teaching are English language arts, beginning, intermediate, and secondary reading skills, beginning, intermediate, and secondary writing instruction, reading... 
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