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English Learners and Listening – Listen Wise Book Ch. 5 Sneak Peek

(Pre-order the book and get stickers for your class!) Today’s blog post explores teaching listening to English learners from the chapter 5 in my upcoming book: Listen Wise: Teach Students to be Better Listeners. You can read more about why listening is a skill that matters (chapter 1), the neuroscience behind listening (chapter 2), and…

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Lexile Audio Measures Now Available on Listenwise

We are excited to now feature Lexile audio measures on every podcast in Listenwise Premium! This is a major advance in helping educators connect students to audio content at a level of complexity that is appropriate for their listening comprehension skills.Watch our On-Demand webinar:“Leveraging the Power of the New Lexile Audio Measures” co-presented with Metametrics…

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Understanding the Listening–Reading Connection

Careful listening is a valuable lifelong skill. It helps us learn language, integrate stories from our past, forge human relationships, and succeed in school and the workplace. Starting from a very early age, listening is a key skill in helping children learn to read and become better readers.  With reading scores either dropping or holding…

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Teacher Perspectives: Keeping Students Engaged in a Blended Classroom

Listenwise Advocate Sebastian Byers teaches middle and high school students in the Union County Public School district in Monroe, North Carolina. He teaches in a blended online program called Union County Virtual, where he is the program’s Science Teacher in Residence. We sat down with Sebastian to learn about his approach to teaching science in an…

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Personalizing Learning Using Podcast Lessons

There is much discussion in schools currently about the benefits of personalizing learning, though there are varying interpretations of what that means. Most, however, agree that moving away from a one-size-fits-all model of instruction is desirable, and that cultivating student agency is an important lever for facilitating learning. We believe in the educational value of…

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Supporting Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) with Listenwise

by guest blogger: Carolina Buitrago, Ed.D. Social emotional learning (SEL) has unquestionably gained a place in the busy spectrum of educators’ priorities. There is abundant research on the benefits of purposeful SEL work in classrooms and schools for the academic success and general wellbeing of students. However, SEL is a broad domain of development, and…

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Webinar Recap: Current Events with an SEL Lens

“The purpose of education is to cultivate thoughtful, informed, competent, creative, and compassionate students who, filled with a sense of wonder and an appreciation of life in all of its diversity, see themselves as active participants in creating a more just society.” -Facing History staffer and veteran educator Doc Miller For our second collaborative webinar with…

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Teaching Resources for National Bullying Prevention Month

Did you know that October is National Bullying Prevention Month? It’s a perfect time to focus on creating positive classroom culture. According to a 2011 NCES study, 28% of U.S. students reported having been bullied at school. We collaborated on a webinar with Facing History and Ourselves, for which we collected audio stories from public…

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Using Listenwise to Address Common Core Shifts

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) call for several Key Shifts in Language Arts that have implications across the curriculum. Listenwise can help teachers of many subjects address these shifts. Shift 1: Regular practice with complex texts and their academic language Listenwise audio stories are engaging complex texts full of academic language. They are authentic…

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Listening Comprehension Matters

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