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Constructive Listening. “Sinawa (the Great Spirit) gave us two ears and one mouth in order that we might listen twice as much as we talk” Native American saying. Read Modes of Listening . Pages 32-33 Ripples of Hope - Building Relationships for Educational Change by Julian Weissglass.

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“Sinawa (the Great Spirit) gave us two ears and one mouth in order that we might listen twice as much as we talk”

Native American saying


Read modes of listening
Read Modes of Listening in order that we might listen twice as much as we talk”

  • Pages 32-33

    Ripples of Hope - Building Relationships for Educational Change by Julian Weissglass


Modes of listening
Modes of Listening in order that we might listen twice as much as we talk”

  • Active Listening - reflect and then interpret what the talker is communicating

  • Passive Listening - listener does not say a word but indicates interest with nodding or smiling

  • Inattentive Listening - little attempt to comprehend or respond to talker

  • Pretend Listening - looks interested but thinking about something else

  • Conversational listening - role of talker and listener alternates

  • Argumentative listening - listener is passionate and looks for flaw in talker’s argument.


Constructive listening1
Constructive Listening in order that we might listen twice as much as we talk”

  • Read pages 33-35 from Ripples.


Support structures for constructivist listening
Support Structures for Constructivist Listening in order that we might listen twice as much as we talk”

  • Dyad

  • Personal Experience Sharing Group (PES)

  • Personal Experience Panel (PEP)


Guidelines for pes and pep
Guidelines for PES and PEP in order that we might listen twice as much as we talk”

  • Each person is given equal time to talk (a timer is used)

  • The listener does not interpret, paraphrase, analyze, give advice, or break in with a personal story

  • Confidentiality is maintained

  • The talker is not to criticize or complain about the listener or mutual acquaintances in his/her turn


Guidelines for pes and pep1
Guidelines for PES and PEP in order that we might listen twice as much as we talk”

  • CELL PHONES OFF!


Pes questions
PES Questions in order that we might listen twice as much as we talk”

  • What do you want the group to know about you? (First 2 minutes)

  • When do you remember being listened to attentively? How did you feel?

  • When were you not listened to well? How did you feel?

  • What are some memories of good conversations you have had? How did the conversation differ from just being listened to?


Constructive listening is useful for
Constructive Listening is useful for: in order that we might listen twice as much as we talk”

  • Helping you think clearly and act intelligently when addressing sensitive issues

  • Creating the safety people need to speak authentically about their feelings and beliefs

  • Building alliances and fostering cooperation

  • Helping reduce stress and anxiety


Change cannot be mandated
Change Cannot Be Mandated in order that we might listen twice as much as we talk”

  • Change happens when “individuals and groups develop new understanding, build trust, decide to do things differently, and follow through on these decisions.”

  • “Attempting to mandate change is the antithesis of empowerment.”


Constructivist listening is a tool for facilitating change. in order that we might listen twice as much as we talk”


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