Active Listening, Active LearningSubmitted By: Mary Costa
My Students: Our students are leaders at Martha Reid! In the gym we encourage our students to speak up and speak out to contribute to their learning. Learning is a joint effort, not just conducted by one teacher, but a classroom full of knowledge that comes from each student that is present. Leaders have a voice. A voice that needs to be heard. In a large gym the students who are loud are heard easily but the students who are quiet need to share their wisdom also.
My Project: I want to give all of my students a chance to hear and be heard. The acoustics in the gym do not lend to hearing students and allowing them to be vocally engaged. Distractions outside and inside the gym can distract students. I want to take the distractions away by giving everyone a microphone. The QBall is great for the elementary PE classroom as a mobile microphone. Since it is shaped like a ball and has quiet technology it is made for passing between students to engage and project voices around the room. It adds an element of fun too! The QBall was made to include all students in the learning environment and give every student a platform to share their voice. The Qball would support habit number five in our school’s Leader in Me curriculum, emphasizing active listening as a leadership trait. Listening goes beyond hearing, it allows for deeper questioning and understanding. As a classroom community, students “seek first to understand, then be understood”. The Qball will encourage students to physically turn to towards the speaker and provide the ability to hear so they can engage in quality questioning, thinking, and understanding.
My Students Need: My students need a QBall system. It is a microphone system that is encased in a foam ball that can be passed to students in the gym. Students speak into the ball, sharing their idea, thought, or answer. The ball acts as a microphone system projecting their voice across the classroom speakers. It is made to connect to the current audio system in our gym and has its own wireless frequency to keep the sound localized to the gym.