Sample Group Work Dialogue
Facilitator (F): ‘How do you listen?’
Student (S): ‘You listen with your mouth’
Facilitator invites the student to draw a mouth on the body-map
(F): ‘How do you listen with your mouth?’
(S): ‘By not talking when the other person is talking’ (student writes response on the body-map)
(F): ‘How else do you listen?’
(S): ‘You listen with your eyes’ (student is invited to draw eyes on the body-map)
(F): ‘How do you listen with your eyes?’ …..
After 15 minutes, re-group, display the posters in a row and discuss. Note that all of the posters look similar. Reinforce the easy way to remember all of the body parts involved in Whole Body Listening. That is, that you can start from your head and move down to your feet. This is a top down approach.
Primary Facilitator: Using your hands as a visual aid and consistent language, explain that:
You listen with your brain to think about what a person is saying.
You listen with your ears to hear what the person is saying.
You listen with your eyes so that you can see how the person is speaking.
You listen with your mouth by not talking when someone else is talking.
You listen with your head and shoulders by pointing them towards the
person that is speaking.
You listen with your heart by noticing how the person might be feeling.
You listen with your arms and hands by keeping them still.
You listen with your legs and feet by keeping them still.