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Listen & Learn with Learning Positions

Lesson Objective: Use physical positions to encourage active listening
Grades K-5 / All Subjects / Engagement
2 MIN

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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. Why is it important to "lean towards the learning"?
  2. What effect does this strategy have on class culture?
  3. How could you use Ms. Saul's technique to scaffold desirable behaviors?

13 Comments

  • Private message to dawn Amodio-Pagano
I have learning posistions too. We have three different spots. One for Reading, Writing, and math.
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  • Private message to Kourtney Wynn
Thank you :).
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  • Private message to Jeremy Dixon
This teacher has found a way to minimize distractions and get the students attention during learning time. I also like how she stopped in the middle of the lesson to practice the learning positions.
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  • Private message to Daaiyah Rashid
I like calling this "learning positions". We used this at another school, but we just said face forward to the board and the students turned their chairs. This is more precise and labels help children to learn.
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  • Private message to Ayda Patricia Segura
Definitively body language. When a person is focused and interested, unconsciously will lean forward to the speaker. Also shows the respect that someone has for the other.
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Transcripts

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    Interviewer: We have learning positions in my classroom. If they’re seated at their table groups, and if I

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    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.

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