Active Listening

This is more than just hearing what someone else is saying.  Active listening builds trust and ensures that the other person in a conversation knows they are being heard. It allows the listener to learn about the world and to understand the lives, experiences, and beliefs that differ from their own.  Active listening also teaches people to become better collaborators. Demonstrate active listening by nodding, showing eye contact, repeating what the speaker said, asking clarifying questions and taking notes when appropriate. It is also necessary to eliminate distractions, allow adequate time and space, to be relaxed, and to not pass any judgement on the speaker.  Activity: after pairing up in discussion, have youth actively listen to one another’s opinions and ideas and then represent each other in whole-class or whole-family discussions. (See also: Talking Stick)

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