Interviewer: We have learning positions in my classroom. If they’re seated at their table groups, and if I want them to face the whiteboard, I have them physically turn their chair to what I call learning positions. It just kinda lines them up. It also turns them away from their desk, and anything that might be a distraction.
I ask them to lean towards the learning. I want to see them leaning forward. Their body is telling me that they’re listening. They’re nodding their head, and their eyes look alive. We’ll practice it many times. We’ll pause.
Show me learning positions please.
And say, “How could we show Henry that we’re listening to his presentation?” Then when students turn and look, I’ll narrate their behavior. Liza, turned her chair, so she could see Henry. Esteban’s eyes are on Henry. Talia 01:20 is actually leaning over towards him. They all sort of get into it, and then Henry can start talking.
It’s just a lot of rehearsal. I feel like whosever sharing is more invested because they realize people are listening. And it helps them learn to be active listeners, and not to be passive in a classroom.