How often can a young child describe all the characteristics of a good listener?
In the early years classroom (and at home) we frequently expect that good listening will occur easily, or naturally. With adults to model exactly how it's done, good listening should become second nature, right? Ahem.
I hold my hands up. I'm not the best at modeling good listening at the best of times. Especially when I'm really excited about the topic I'm (trying) to listen to. It's embarrassing to admit it, but I have a terrible habit of talking over the last few words someone says when I, as a good listener, should really keep shtum.
During circle time, we use these fantastic games by Ros Bayley and this little mascot to help our children develop good listening skills. I also display the four "secrets" of a good listener in my literacy area too, so that when a child needs a gentle reminder, I can point to the visual aid and say: "Remember, a good listener looks at the person who is talking." etc I've updated these mini posters just this week and I thought you'd like them too!