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ED500 Listening to Learn More in the ELA Classroom

3 Graduate Credit Hours through Colorado State University - Pueblo

This course is transcripted as (S/U) Graduate Workshop 


Catalog Description

Teachers often share concerns that with all the technology noise such as cell phones and laptops that students are no longer listening or not listening enough to understand concepts in the classroom. When foundation skills such as listening are ignored or taken for granted all subsequent learning is affected. Listening is too important to be disregarded but we need a new plan for students to understand how important appreciative listening is. This course will provide examples and practical strategies with a variety of ELA curriculum ideas that can get students back on track with listening when it is critical.


Course Objectives

At the end of the course, Participants will be able to:

1) Develop new ways to explain activities and concepts in the classroom so that students will continue to focus on listening.

2) Understand many ways to assess outcomes focusing on literature and reading.

3) Assess new, creative activities to use in the classroom which will help students gain listening skills.

4) Differentiate between issues with listening and reading for their students and how this can help in the classroom.

5) Create new activities connecting podcasts and other useful activities with technology to help students critically think.

6) Understand the importance of appreciative listening when discussing and understanding literature.



Learning Management System: Internet access, connection to Canvas learning management system portal.

Novel and podcasts together:(both books will be needed for the course)

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Limetown by Cote Smith and Zack Akers


Instructor: Tamara Sinkler


Listening to Learn More in the ELA Classroom

  • Once registration with Connected Classroom is complete, you will receive a welcome letter from the instructor within 72 hours with access codes and instructions for the course. If you do NOT hear from the instructor, please email or

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