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Simmons, Nathaniel; Tenzek, Kelly E. – Communication Teacher, 2016
The importance of listening continues to be reinforced within professional, personal, and popular cultural contexts. Despite the attention employers, teachers, scholars, and various popular outlets attend to listening, engaging students in activities that practice such skills remain challenging. Understanding that interpersonal competence requires…
Descriptors: Listening, Class Activities, Documentaries, Listening Skills
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Simmons, Nathaniel; Striley, Katie – Communication Teacher, 2014
Effective leadership is imperative for successful societies. Therefore, researchers have studied effective leadership styles for nearly a century (Kalaluhi, 2013). Leadership is instrumental in creating productive groups and teams (Wheelan, 2005), organizations, businesses, communities, and countries (Kosicek, Soni, Sandbothe, & Slack, 2012).…
Descriptors: Leadership Styles, Communications, Learning Activities, Experiential Learning
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Simmons, Nathaniel; Chen, Yea-Wen – Communication Teacher, 2014
Guided by cultural identity theory (CIT), the authors offer the six-word memoir (6WM) as a storytelling vehicle to engage students in critical, reflexive (re)considerations of their cultural identities and positions. This activity's impetus is threefold. First, it recognizes the practical challenges of teaching and learning the important, yet…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Autobiographies, Identification, Culture