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7.5 (7S2C, 7S8C): Ability to employ constructive communication strategies and approaches in working with and responding to students, their families, and school and community personnel.

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Factors Affecting Listening

Listening Skills

Listening is an important part of effective communication. We need to concentrate on encouraging not only students, but ourselves, to exhibit good listening behaviors and strategies. Listening is a process that involves actively hearing what another person is communicating and attending to that communication. Listening is how we receive the verbal portion of a person's message. By listening, we can show concern and interest in understanding both the person and the situation.

Listening can be affected by personal bias, environmental factors, a short attention span, rehearsing a response, daydreaming, hot words, or through the use of filtering.

Move your mouse over the words to read more about some of the factors that can affect the ability to focus on listening.  
bias environmental short attention span rehearsing a response daydreaming hot words filtering  

Information in this lesson is used with permission from:

Project PARA (n.d.). Paraeducator Self Study Program. Retrieved on April 17, 2002, from the Project PARA Web site:


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