In this session we will learn:
- effective listening skills and why these are helpful
- how we make assumptions about what we have heard – and how this affects our listening
- Making assumptions audio 1 (Youtube, download mp4)
- Making assumptions audio 2 (Youtube, download mp4)
Explain that students are going to play detective and work out what the situation is, what has been happening and how the people may be feeling. Look at the text slides. In small groups, decide what has happened, how the person is feeling, and discuss what else they know about the person’s situation.
Repeat the exercise for slides 2 and 3, the audio clip and email examples.
Go over the facts we have for each case. Anything else the students are left with is speculation – assumptions that have been made. Explain that doing this when someone is talking means that we do not really listen to what people are saying or how they are feeling. Assumptions are a natural reaction but are a real barrier to breaking down barriers and stigma and being able to connect with others and support them.
How do we avoid making assumptions?
How can we find out what’s really going on for others?
Links and Learning Journeys
It is also part of 2 suggested learning journeys:
Make sure young people know what support is available and how to access this support.