L is for… listening. Listening is a skill. It’s not the same as hearing. To really listen you need to concentrate. Try it now: close your eyes and concentrate on the sounds around you. You can probably hear the television and your family moving around, but if you listen you will be able to work out what TV programme is on, or which member of your family is moving around.
Try it again outside. You can probably hear birds singing. Now listen to them do they all sound the same or do different birds have different calls?
It’s the same at school. It’s no good hearing your teaching talking while you gaze out of the window or play with your ruler. You need to really listen to what they are saying. Focus on them. Follow them with your eyes as they move around the classroom. If they write something on the board or show you a picture, have a look at it and then listen to what they are telling you about it.
It isn’t easy, but like everything else, the more you practise the better you will get.
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