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Guided Listening

  • Title:Guided Listening: A Framework for Using Read-Aloud and Other Oral Language Experiences to Build Comprehension Skills
  • Author:Lisa Donohue
  • Publication Date:January 2007
  • Grade Level:K-6
  • ISBN:9781551382197
  • Publisher:Pembroke

Effective listening skills are essential for successful social interaction at home, at school, and in the community. Guided Listening illustrates how teachers can champion purposeful listening and help students better understand their language strengths and needs. It offers a practical framework that shows the value of recording and sharing the ideas of others; provides opportunities to identify the norms and conventions associated with oral language; and frees students to listen more attentively, organize their responses, and watch for the subtle cues that are an important part of listening.

The strategies in this practical book involve students in:

  • analyzing and synthesizing information;
  • making inferences and predictions while listening;
  • transferring these skills to their independent reading and learning.

Tools that complement the strategies include reproducible graphic organizers, rubrics, forms for recording student progress, and numerous worksheets. Suggestions for choosing guided listening texts and a comprehensive approach to assessment complete this valuable resource.

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Author Bio

Lisa Donohue is a native of Grenada in the Caribbean and immigrated to Canada at age eight. She received her bachelor of education degree from Nipissing University and a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Trent University. She also completed several courses at Drake University and York University. She currently teachers fifth and sixth grades and believes that teaching is "a profession of passion. As teachers, we shape the citizens who will lead us into the future. I think it is so important to connect with each student on a personal level, finding the things that interest and inspire each of them. I began teaching not because I was inspired by one great teacher in my life, but by many, and I hope that one day someone may remember me as making a difference in his or her life. The good kids are easy to teach; the kids that are hard to teach are the ones who define good teachers." The field of education is evolving rapidly, and Lisa believes that it is important to stay abreast of the current philosophies in education. "I think that teaching is part science and part art. As professionals, we need to trust ourselves to personalize, integrate, and synthesize a variety of instructional methods and subject areas into our classrooms." Writing her book Guided Listening was a way for Lisa to share a successful instructional tool with other teachers. "The concept of guided listening was created for my personal use as a way of integrating professional development around reading strategies into my existing practice of read-aloud and independent reading. There were few tools available for monitoring and assessing students' listening skills, or evaluating their independent reading."

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