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Listen Wise: Teach Students to Be Better Listeners – Book Release this April!

Before starting Listenwise, I had a career as an NPR reporter, most recently at the NPR station in Boston, WBUR. I was an audio storyteller. Capturing audio and sharing stories had captivated me from an early age. As I’ve built Listenwise, I’ve learned about the neuroscience of listening, the interconnectedness of listening and reading, the…

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What Teachers Are Saying About Remote/Hybrid Learning with Listenwise

Teachers using Listenwise with their students through remote/hybrid instruction have observed that Listenwise helps them engage students in learning and cultivate student agency. Many also note that Listenwise broadens accessibility to curriculum content and allows them to differentiate instruction to support all learners, including English learners and those who struggle with literacy. We have collected…

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A Breakdown of Educational Support in the New COVID-19 Stimulus Package

The new year started out with some much needed new funding for schools. As 2020 came to a close, a COVID-19 relief package providing more than $54 billion in direct aid to K-12 schools was finally passed by Congress. That’s about four times the amount allotted to schools back in March 2020, at the start…

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Insights into Remote Teaching of English Learners (ELs)

I’ve been listening to English language educators this fall as they share how they are reaching their students in what are likely the most challenging educational circumstances they have ever faced. In a series of webinars we called “Teacher Talks: What’s Working with ELs in Remote Learning,” I’ve heard both disheartening and uplifting stories.  We…

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Customizable Podcast Lessons Support Busy and Novice Teachers

Today’s guest blog is written by English Runyan. She has taught ELA at the secondary level in the Fort Worth, TX area and is pursuing an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is passionate about developing curriculum that infuses culturally conscious and responsive teaching with rigorous academic subject matter.  Having previously taught high…

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3 Special Features in Listenwise to Engage English Learners in Listening

Last year’s school closings and this year’s remote and hybrid learning have disproportionately impacted English learners (ELs). Some students have limited exposure to spoken or written English at home, and for many, the months spent away from the classroom have resulted in significant language losses. Now, many teachers are working to help their ELs regain…

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Teaching Authentic Academic Language Remotely

Guest post by Robbi Holdreith, a middle school ELL teacher and coordinator at Sojourner Truth Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota As I began to plan lessons for the new school year, I knew that Listenwise would be a part of my coursework for grades 5-8. For me, one of the top benefits of the Listenwise platform…

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Podcast Lessons for Learning Pods & Homeschooling Parents

Never before have there been so many different learning environments for K-12 kids. If you are now in a pandemic pod or a homeschooling situation, Listenwise’s podcast lessons support your children’s learning in any setting, including outside a regular K-12 classroom. Whatever your curriculum, you can find engaging stories to help you teach listening and…

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Listening Comprehension Matters

Join Listenwise today to access podcast lessons from the best non-fiction storytellers and the largest library of listening comprehension quizzes for the classroom.

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From how to teach vocabulary and analyze a story, discover how to use Listenwise stories to meet your instructional goals, whatever they may be. Check out our curriculum connection content to help align with the content you are teaching -
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Here's a great remote learning tip from Julie Waugh, on teaching listening. Listenwise is meaningful, high-quality lesson content that all students can benefit from!
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Remote Learning Tip #5: Purposeful Listening
Julie Waugh walks us through how she teaches purposeful listening with her upper level 8th grade English learners remotely in her 90 minute block classes. Ju...
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We've updated Listenwise to reflect the new teaching needs for remote and hybrid learning. We heard requests for more flexibility in scheduling when students could access assignments, more clarity about when assignments were due, and a faster process for making written assignments....and more...
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Listen to how educator Julie Waugh teaches listening via Zoom with her class in remote learning. She has her students listen twice before answering questions and enjoys giving her class the shared experience of listening to the audio podcast altogether- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu1DNGxZ4fg&list=PLXPBkl56174JRNYpLTBj06ErikT8l0ZBL&index=19&t=152s
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Teaching Listening On Zoom: Synchronous & Asynchronous Remote Learning Instruction
Julie Waugh teaches listening in a 90-minute block with both synchronous & asynchronous time. The first 45 minutes is synchronous time where they listen to L...
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Quick start guide to using podcast lessons in remote teaching: http://ow.ly/tMRU50ClXRE
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Listen to hear how Beth, who is currently teaching fully remote, used the Listenwise story, "Michelle Obama on Becoming" to focus on vocabulary, listening, speaking, and writing skills with her students.
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