There are many types of listening, depending on what you do, e.g. evaluative listening, sympathetic listening etc. The definition of listening skills is the ability to pay attention to and effectively interpret what other people are saying. In grade school, reading comprehension generally lags behind listening comprehension, so the best way for a child to develop higher levels of comprehension is through non-print sources.
Listening is active participation in
what you hear.
Hearing is the passive reception of sound.
Teachers typically give direct instruction and then provide clarification, as necessary. Students who listen keenly to instructions in the classroom, rather than simply hearing them, have distinct advantages. Efficient listening in the classroom saves time and results in improved academic and social skills. Active listening and following instructions form an integral part of learning from an early age. As with all executive functions, we are not born with this skill and therefore need to acquire it during early childhood and adolescence. However, many children and students, especially individuals with ADHD, struggle with listening AND reading skills.