One of the best ways to employ Radiolab in the classroom is to treat it as a text. The difficulty? This text requires students to listen and respond without visuals. This means a bit of explanation and modeling upfront.
A good opener is a Ted talk by Julian Treasure: 5 Ways to Listen Better. In under eight minutes Treasure highlights the value of listening and skills to become better listeners.
During the video, have students watch, listen, and take notes on the following questions:
- Identify two of Treasure’s arguments about modern society and listening.
- List two things Treasure identifies as making listening difficult.
- List the ways in which Treasure claims we can become better listeners.
After the video, have students examine Treasure’s arguments again. Now, have them evaluate via writing and then discussion the validity of these arguments. Read more