Beefing Up Class Discussions with Listening Tasks
In classes, we often give our students speaking prompts during discussion activities but neglect to give them listening tasks.
Here is a simple set of tasks from ABE teacher Kristine Kelly that can be used to encourage listening and reflection during class sharing and discussions.
Example speaking prompt:
What do you need to hear, see or read to be convinced an argument is valid?
“ Something that convinces me an argument is valid is ___________.”
Record original or thoughtful ideas from other students.
Compare and build upon ideas.
- My idea is similar to _______’s because ________.
- My idea is different from _______’s because _______.
- My idea builds upon _______’s because _______.
Full Group Follow Up Discussion Prompts:
- Something original I heard was _____________.
- Something thoughtful I heard was ____________.
Make sure to model and guide learners through several examples of how to answer the questions.