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Practice Listening

Recipe for Better Listening


A large jar of peanut butter
A large jar of jelly
A loaf of bread


A pair of participants
A blindfold
A dull knife



A sender to instruct
A receiver to make the sandwich

SPRINKLE in these rules:

Senders can speak but can't touch anything
Receivers cannot speak and must wear a blindfold

MIX together:

Talk, don't look; listen
Try to make an edible sandwich in five minutes

The difficulty of one-way communication

Share the sandwich, talk about the experience, and don't forget to clean up.

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Need help with your sandwich? Call this recipe hotline:
Iowa Peace Institute
917 10th Ave.
P.O. Box 480
Grinnell, Iowa 50112

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Learn how to Listen

Des Moines, Iowa -- Information is a two-way street. If no one's listening, you might as well not bother talking. Students in Iowa are learning the power of listening by making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. One partner gives careful instructions. The other partner must make the sandwich while blindfolded. It's a mess if you don't listen.

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