If you lecture, do you teach how to listen?

When you teach how much time do you spend lecturing? Is it worth it? Are your students listening?  Did you teach them how to listen before you lectured what you read or heard (or more rarely what you  experienced) somewhere else?

Larry Barker gets to the heart of the need to go beyond lecturing in a way that begins with listening.

Effective listeners remember that words have no meaning – people have meaning. The assignment of meaning to a term is an internal process; meaning comes from inside us. And although our experiences, knowledge and attitudes differ, we often misinterpret each other’s messages while under the illusion that a common understanding has been achieved.

How do you teach your students to listen beyond the illusion that a common understanding has been achieved from your lecture?

Active Listening

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