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Educators Share Ideas for Teaching with Listenwise

Teachers using Listenwise podcasts with their students through remote/hybrid instruction continue to share teaching ideas that others can adopt or adapt to fit their particular contexts.  Many note that Listenwise’s curriculum resources help students connect what they are learning in class to their lives and the world beyond school. They appreciate the flexibility of the…

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Listening is a Skill – Listen Wise Book Sneak Peek on Chapter 1

Today’s blog post takes a deep dive into an upcoming chapter of my book: Listen Wise: Teach Students to be Better Listeners. You can explore a sneak peek on ch. 2 this is your brain on listening and ch. 3. on how to teach listening. When I was a reporter, and my stories were heard…

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

Preorder your book Listen Wise: Teach Students to Be Better Listeners at any of these locations here: AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-a-MillionTargetBookshop You can explore sneak peeks on chapter 1 why listening is a skill that matters, chapter 2 this is your brain on listening and chapter 3 how to teach listening. Before starting Listenwise, I had…

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Adapting to Hybrid Learning Using Listenwise

Schools are opening this fall in formats that feature in-person learning, remote learning and a hybrid of the two. We’ve already shared some great ways to use Listenwise in remote learning. Now, we want to help teachers think through what elements of Listenwise instruction are best suited for the classroom and what students might do…

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CAASPP/SBAC Listening Practice: NPR Podcast Lessons for State Assessment Prep

Are you seeking to improve your listening scores on the SBAC, CAASPP, ELPAC, ILEARN, English I and II assessments, TELPAS, WIDA, or other standardized tests?  ELA and ESL state assessments focus on listening skills in at least 22 states and counting. We know that test preparation can be stressful for teachers and students alike, and…

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New Resource for Teaching Listening Comprehension: The Literacy Coach’s Toolkit

We are excited to share a free download to a new instructional toolkit. The toolkit contains sample strategy lessons focusing on two of the eight listening comprehension skills that are assessed via Listenwise quizzes (understanding vocabulary and identifying main idea).  These strategy lessons have been developed by Dr. Michael Opitz, co-author of Listen Hear! in…

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Introducing Listening Lessons With Your Students

There are many ways to set up a listening lesson with your class. Here are some ideas to help you get started and have students find out more about themselves and their listening styles. When presenting Listenwise to your students and listening to a story together as a class, there will be a wide variety…

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How to Use Listenwise to Develop Content Knowledge and 21st Century Skills

Listenwise is a flexible resource and can be used to meet many different goals for your students. Listening enhances engagement, content knowledge, and skills such as media literacy and empathy.  We describe ways to approach this with a few activities in this blog. Our previous blog highlighted how to enhance language and literacy skills using…

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Planned Speaking Practice

Interaction, oral language, speaking practice, cooperative learning, discussion groups–there are many ways to have students practice speaking and listening using academic language. Practice is necessary for students to develop into people who can articulate their thoughts and communicate effectively. And for English learners, speaking practice is critical. Research shows that oral proficiency won’t increase without…

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Educational Podcasts for Kids

Do kids even enjoy podcasts? Lindsay Patterson wrote in Current that “kids are far from passive listeners. Podcasts are a perfect medium to engage children’s natural curiosity, engagement and delight.” Molly Bloom, a producer of a kids podcast called Brains On! seems to think so as well… “There are a lot of kids who love Radiolab….

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