I think it is a stroke of genius that Amy used the term “listening activity”. So many of us get all weird in presenting to our students our expectations with CI – simply because we expect pushback bc it’s new – and then they pick up on our nervousness.
Amy and I had this interchange:
It really does feel “magical.” I’ve been calling the OWIs “Listening Activities,” and whenever I say we’re going to do another listening activity, they say, “Oh, you mean the tiger thing? The whale thing? the omelette thing?” haha.
This term “listening activity” diffuses the whole CI freak out thing. It really takes away the drama! How simple.
Yes, I like “listening activity” because it puts the emphasis on precisely what I want from them during the activity :).
(I started it off by walking them through the interpersonal rubric and explaining the cues I look for regarding active listening, and they get excited because they feel like they’re getting “free” points, just for paying attention ).