Ice Breakers for Active Listening : Teaching & Learning Styles

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Active listening is a lot easier with a few properly played ice breakers beforehand. Learn about ice breakers for active listening with help from an education professional in this free video clip.

Expert: Kevin Roberts
Filmmaker: Jerome Sawyer

Series Description: Education doesn’t stop the moment a student leaves the classroom. Find out more information about a wide variety of different areas of education, including what to put in a classroom and how to improve a parent teacher relationship, with help from an education professional in this free video series.

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  1. Art M.
    April 11, 2013

    "Knowing something about someone helps them know that they are valued."

    That's excellent and is justification for doing enough question asking & remembering personal information to ask about or mention in the future.

    I salute you dudes for doing that kind of work with kids, helping them learn life skills — because few if any of them ever get taught those helpful & necessary skills.

  2. Kurt Depner
    January 15, 2015

    My students should try this strategy online as well, perhaps in a google doc or in a Facebook chat. 

  3. TheRealAestuo
    August 14, 2015

    someone blink please

  4. Nima Al-Saiary
    August 18, 2015

    can I do this for middle grade in first day of school?

  5. Roda Daignre
    August 22, 2015

    Yes, it reminds me of my class rule: Please listen when somebody in front is speaking. Thank you for this energizer that would establish listening-speaking system in my class.

  6. Bro. Tolliver
    August 27, 2015

    Dude looks like Jim Carey.

  7. Han Buwalda
    September 1, 2015

    Great icebreaker. Good to see two serious men talking about active listening.
    I am going to try it today right away. Favourite food, colour, animal, …., comic book hero, song, book, and talk about it.
    And yes you listen more carefully if you know someone better, engagement raises respect.
    Did i say that properly (I am not a native speaker).

  8. jins george
    July 26, 2016

    is that a lucky tooth

  9. Charles Coverly
    October 18, 2017

    I've been doing something similar for years in my training classes. I ask them their favorite food, TV show, and movie from their childhood. It always makes for a very fun icebreaker because when people recall their childhood, for some reason, their walls come down. I think it has to do with retreating to a "safer" time in their lives (or at least what they perceive as a safer time).

    When you ask for these favorite things from their childhood, watch what happens to their faces. They always light up and it seems to put them all in a very good mood, and then they're clay that you can mold into anything for the rest of the workshop/session.

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