Lesson Plan and Information
Angel, Alicia, Matthew, Alexandra
Lesson Plan in order of occurance:
1. Icebreaker: Listening activity
2. Introduction: Introduce topic, what it is, definition.
3. Hand out Handout
3. Powerpoint: Talk about topic entirely (pictures included)
4. Hand out Activity #2
5. Conclusion, Summarize, Final points (powerpoint con'td)
(52 mins aprox)
Activity #1 Options
Listen now, Draw Later
Ask students to write out the exact directions for drawing something. Make sure to keep in mind colours, location of writing utensils, and appropriate descriptive words.
Put students into pairs. Have them sit back to back with their face in the opposite direction while one student draws and the other gives directions. Then have them change positions and repeat the process.
Have students analyze their drawings and directions. Did the drawing turn out correctly? How clear were the directions and did the drawer listen to them? Ask students to give each other some suggestions at how they could make their directions more clear.
Ask students go back to their desks and work some more on making their directions even more clear, find another partner and repeat the process. Did the drawing turn out clearly now? Was this because of the directions or the listening?
Listening Game: The most influential experience
1. Divide the group of people in two by counting off into twos. The group should have even-numbered people.
If the group is odd-numbered, then ask the last person whose number is 'one' to be the observer. Take all the
'ones' outside the room. (This listening game will work well when you have a co-facilitator.)
2. The co-facilitator steps out of the room with the 'ones', while you stay in the room with the 'twos'
3. Instructions to the 'ones': "Take a few moments and reflect on an incident which had a dramatic influence in
your life. It should fit into the category of 'life changing'.
"After a while you'll go back to the room. There you'll find your colleagues sitting in different parts of the room with an empty chair in front of them. You can take the empty chair before anybody you choose.
"Once you are seated begin to tell that person the 'one most influential event' in your life. After you have finished, your partner will summarise what you told her."
4. Room arrangement with the 'twos' during this listening game: Get the twos to spread out in the room (not huddle around one area of theroom) and sit on a chair. Other than their own chair they should have an empty chair facing them. Have the 'twos' sit on one of the pair of chairs.
5. Instructions for the 'twos':"After a while the ones will come into the room and each one will occupy one of the empty chairs. So that means each one of you will have one colleague sitting infront of you.
"They will begin to tell you about an experience that they have had in their lives. Your task is to ignore them as unobtrusivley as possible. Your body language will involve sitting back, not meeting their eyes, twiddling with something in your hand like pen or a pencil and possibly doodling.
"You'll continue this 'non-listening' behaviour until the trainer gives you a signal like knocking on the table with a marker. (Set a signal with the 'twos' that is mutually agreeable to you and them. It should be something audible above the din as well as unobtrusive.)
" As soon as you hear the sound transform your body language to one of listening. Lean forward, meet the speaker's eyes, stop twiddling and doodling. Once your partner has finished relating her piece, summarise to her what you heard."
6. At end of activity, ask class/specific pairs of people ask them how they felt when their partner acted how they did, and why they gave the reaction they did (differs group to group)
7. Introduce topic, go into powerpoint.
Powerpoint Information: Research Notes and Sources