An Educator’s Guide on Teaching Whole Body Listening
Young children need to learn to listen. In order to teach good listening skills to children there is a strategy called whole body listening. Basically, it is a way to get students to see what each part of the body looks like to show the speaker that you are listening. In this article, let’s focus on helping them learn about whole body listening.
What is whole body listening?
There are core listening skills to good listening. Listening is core to how we all communicate with others. It is an important skill set to help young people understand their own communication styles, and how they can tune into the various communication styles of others. Whole body listening is referred to as a person’s ability to not only listen with their ears, but with the rest of the body as well. This involves their body expression, their brain absorbing what they hear, and their eyes alert.
Why teach this to children?
There are many reasons as to why teaching this skill is important. First, it helps the child block out unnecessary noise from the world around them so that they can pay attention on what they really need to hear. Second, they can block out distractions from their own physical body. Finally, they can attain a form of emotional maturity due to being able to understand the context of what the person is saying, thus having better relationships with other people.