Lernabenteuer an der GIS

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Nov 28 2014

Listening to Understand

By Alexandra McGettigan, PYP Coordinator

“You are not listening to me!”

We all have heard this sentence before. Maybe you heard this at school, at work or at home.

Hearing vs. Listening

While hearing is an involuntary process that starts with noise, vibrations, the movement of fluid in the ears and sound sent to the brain, listening is a voluntary act where we try to make sense out of the noise we hear.  Listening requires concentration so that your brain processes meaning from words and sentences. Listening leads to learning. Here at the GSP we are constantly working on our listening skills.

Listening in IB

Listening is one of the transdisciplinary skills of the IB. GSP students learn to listen carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and  to pay attention to each other. They are determined to listen to understand and not to say something back in return. Students and teachers learn to put their own needs aside to listen to another. Grade 4 took this topic to another level during their IB unit “sound”. They built their own instruments, made sound waves visible and inquired about the human ear. They learned to listen carefully with the yoghurt cup telephone and went on a sound scavenger hunt. Being an active listener is a skill that can be trained at home, too.

How you can improve your listening skills

The GSP library as a good selection on German CDs ready to be checked out.  If you want to add a peaceful element to your next walk, go on a listening walk.The quieter you become the more you can hear. 

Learn more about IB Transdisciplinary Skills
Tags: IB, PYP, Listening,