Listening Lesson with 3-by-3 Personal InventoryCircle Chat
This is a quick and easy tone setter to precede curriculum on communication or listening.Participants can stand in a good circle, facing front to back. Instruct participants that they aregoing to share with the person standing in front of them (fill in simple instructions here:‘favorite vacation’, ‘happiest moment’).The trick with this is to share your story while simultaneously listening to the story of theperson behind you. This depicts the fairly obvious message that it is hard to listen whiletalking, (also, how often in conversations are we formulating our response while the otherperson is still speaking?).
Pairs –backing each other.• Partner 1 sees a construction of building blocks and partner 2 cannot see it. (Have a varietyof building block shapes, with enough for all groups),• Partner 1 describes how and where to place the different shaped blocks to duplicate whathe/she sees.• Partner 2 must duplicate the design, and partner 1 cannot look at what partner 2 is doing.• 1
time do this with open two-way communication between partners.• Rotate positions then do it with one-way communication from Partner 1.Discuss challenges with the activities and relate them to good listening skills.Have students fill out the 3-by-3 Personal Inventory and collect them. Two to Three monthslater have students do the 3-by-3 Personal Inventory again, then hand back the ones donenow. Compare answers and discuss.Note: The 3-by-3 Personal Inventory should be done after discussing “The Ripple Effect”(http://elgg.net/dtruss/files/1748)