Announcements…. are you listening?

  

This week, we are asking Anaconda Junior-Senior High School students if they are actually listening to the announcements or if they are tone deaf and tuning them out.

The reason why are asking this question is when we began thinking of ideas of why students weren’t attending local activities and sporting contests, we thought that information – which was being announced many times during the school week – may have not been being heard or listened too. We knew they were being announced weekly, so we starting asking if maybe there was another reason for the disconnect. Will students listen more if it were presented in a different way, using varying voices or possibly just delivered at a different time each day? We both agree the announcements contain pertinent information and have even tuned them out ourselves.

 

imageLogan Danforth, senior

A: No. Q: Would you listen more if students said them, or if it was delivered in a different tone? A: Yeah, probably, if it’s a little bit more exciting. I might pay more attention.

imageHailey Rasmussen, senior

A: Sometimes I listen, sometimes I tune them out. Usually I just listen to them if I’m expecting something, like a meeting and I need a reminder. But mostly I just tune them out until afterwards. Q: Would you listen more if students said them, or if it was delivered in a different tone? A: I might listen more if it weren’t just the same old, same old.

imageLauryn Stoppler, junior

A: Yes. Q: Would you listen more if students said them, or if it was delivered in a different tone? A: Yes, I would. They are kind of boring. Q: Do you just tune out? A: Sometimes I listen if it’s something I need to know, when it’s something that involves me. But usually I just kind of listen.

imageCheylyn Krumm, junior

A: Yes. They say things that are going on through the week, like this week they talked about Homecoming Royalty, then they do clubs and stuff like that. Q: Would you listen more if students said them, or if it was delivered in a different tone? A: I think they should make us laugh. We should have a really enthusiastic person do them.

imageCarlton Nelson, teacher

A: Yes. Q: Would you listen more if students said them, or if it was delivered in a different tone? A: Yes. Q: Is that all you want to say. A: Yes. (pause). I think that if students did the announcements, said funny things and made it interesting, I think kids would listen. Yesterday a student did the announcements and my classroom was dead silent because someone else was doing them.

(Editors note: Mr. Nelson is Jordyn’s father and made her really work to get a statement out of him).

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