Listening Skills for Classroom Behavior Management


Learning to be part a classroom and following directions needs to be taught and practiced. Using silent signal or motions to help students remember how to focus is a must. Once these motions are taught and discussed, students will be able to learn and others around them can learn.

Where do you start?

Motions to help remember the "Listening Rules!"
Words to say-Motions
Eyes Watching-Point to the corner of your eyes.
Ears Listening-Make an L with fingers and point to ears.
Voice Working-Put your fingers to your lips. (Quiet when needed and answering when needed)
Body Still-Hug your torso with both arms.
Brain Thinking-Point to brain.

Say the words and have the students do the motions. On another day, do the motions and see if the students can say the words. Be sure to practice each day until it becomes easy.
  • Focusing attention involves using eyes, ears, and brain.
  • You can focus your attention just by thinking about it, and the more you do it, the better you get at it.
  • Using self-talk helps you focus attention

Play Games

(Think Simon Says but say "Echo Complete") 
1.Choose 2 puppets. 
2.One puppet is the puppet you listen to and follow directions.  
3. The other puppet you ignore. If the other puppet tries to tell a direction...be still and do not move.

Puppet 1 says: "Echo Complete" Clap like a Dinosaur."
Students need to repeat or echo the direction then complete the action.                                                    
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Puppet 2 says:  "Echo Complete" Put your hands on your head."
Students need to stay still and not move.
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Work on one step directions before even trying 2 step...but your goal is a 3 step direction eventually.  It is a great way to develop listening skills, motor skills, and impulse control. These are the skills you need for active listening which helps develop into executive function skills in older grades. You can also check out Brain Research for Learning for other things that help with listening and learning skills.


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