philanthropy speaker series (PSS)
class norms and participation
Active Listening Norms
As a student in our class, you are expected to:
Prepare Yourself to Listen with a Positive, Engaged Attitude
- Relax. Focus on our guest speaker.
- Review advance readings or contextual information that is relevant to the guest speaker.
- Avoid distractions: Don’t doodle; Seat yourself where you will stay focused.
- ‘Suspend’ or set aside your prejudices, preconceived notions or opinions.
- Remember: You are present to learn what the speaker has to offer.
- Listen with your ears, but also with your eyes and heart.
- Be involved:
-- Use your body position (e.g. lean forward) and attention to encourage the speaker and signal your interest.
- Help our guest speaker feel at ease in our classroom. Remember their needs and concerns. Nod or use other non-verbal encouraging gestures.
- Listen for ideas – not just words: You need to get the whole picture, not just isolated bits and pieces presented by the speaker. One of the most challenging aspects of listening is the ability to link together pieces of information to reveal the ideas of others.
- Restate speaker's key points to affirm your understanding and build dialogue.
- Don't miss the opportunity to ask clarifying questions to build understanding.
And Never Forget…
- To express appreciation to the guest speaker for carving out time to share his/her wisdom and experiences with our class.
- You receive, what you contribute of yourself.
Participation during the PSS
A majority of your class participation grade (30%) will be assessed on the following:
- Active Listening: Consistently demonstrating appropriate listening behavior (i.e. eye contact, forward body position, good posture); Minimize/avoid behaviors that interfere with active listening.
- Note taking: Keeping a meaningful written record of the information presented.
- Posing questions: Asking at least 1-2 clarifying questions based on your opinions or inferences about the main messages of our guest speaker.
- Blog entry: Responding to the homework prompt on the class website after our PSS guest speaker.