Listening Center Lifesaver

The Listening Center is always a class favorite during Daily 5.  

I used to struggle with how to allow all students a turn when we only have 1 computer but not anymore. I purchased this adapter and now, I can have up to 5 students at Listening Center.  I numbered the adapter and the seating area.

Then, I numbered the headphones to avoid the "He took my headphone!" antics.  When not in use the headphones lay on their number.  Yes, at times, we do get some tangled cords. I've taught the kids how to unplug the headphones and they can usually untangle themselves without my help. 

Space saver tip
Use a table with no legs; one which will be low, and let kids sit around the table on the floor. My table is actually up against the wall.  I've also disconnected the keyboard  and store it under the table since they don't need it.  If we are using the computer at other times during the day, I replug it in.  This gives them more room for  their books since usually they have to share with at least one partner.  

I love my listening center and have accumulated a large book collection which I keep on iTunes.  To read more about how I did that, go here.    

Happy Teaching and Learning!


  1. I pinned this idea-it is just what I need!

  2. I"m so thirsty for listening center ideas. This is great. Thanks for sharing.!

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  4. Perfect!! I'm pinning it as I speak! Thanks for sharing! :)
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  5. oh that's a great idea! PLUS, then it can go more in the middle of the table, right? I have a hard time with the cords not being long enough!:)

  6. Thanks so much for sharing about the multi-port adaptor! I have been looking for one! I loved seeing your listening center in action.

  7. This is FABULOUS!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  8. Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to use it:)

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  11. Who knew this existed! Thanks for sharing! I have a teacher who is panicked about purchasing a listening center and this is a simple solution!!! I found your blog on the Tech Tip Linky Party and I'm your newest follower! I would love for you to check out my blog.

    Sent From My iPad

  12. What a great tech tip! Thank you for sharing and joining my linky party!!! : )


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