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6 Strategies to Help Students Listen



Ever feel like most of your day consists of trying to get your students to pay attention and listen? With varying attention spans and distractions all around, it can be super difficult to keep them focused. Take a look at these helpful tips to bring consistency and catch the attention of your energetic students!


  1. Call and response

  2. Try asking questions or using clapping rhythms to capture their attention.

  3. Invite guest speakers

  4. Are you learning about a special subject? Invite a guest speaker that is an expert on the topic to share their experiences.

  5. Have students present information to their peers

  6. It’s amazing what happens when students are called on to present to their own peers. This is a great opportunity to move them into the teacher role!

  7. Model good listening

  8. Show them how to listen appropriately. Stop what you’re doing, make eye contact, and repeat to them what you heard.

  9. Try not to repeat yourself

  10. This may be a tough one but the more you repeat yourself, the less likely the students will listen the first time. Practice first-time listening!

  11. Have students write a question or two about what they just heard

  12. This is a great way to practice comprehension along with listening skills!



What types of things do you use to keep the attention of your students? We’d love to hear them! As educators, we need each other and sharing tools is a great way to build support together.


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