What didn't work...Listening Center used to be the bane of my existence...
By making sure they started at listening center, everyone heard it together...and then moved on. A small group of heterogeneously grouped students listened to the tape - WITHOUT headphones. The volume was low, but everyone else in the room could hear the tape. During this time, I did running records for the day. I don't pull any groups until after the story, so that no one misses the story.
What does work...I promise!
Setting the Weekly GoalStudents are asked on Week 1 to enjoy the book. They listen to the book for it's entertainment value. After listening to the story, they get a folded piece of 12 x 18 manila paper and write the title and the author on the cover of their booklet. At the beginning of the year, I write the title and author on sentence strips for the students to reference at the table. Once I got a SmartBoard, I wrote the title and author on the SmartBoard for student reference. Towards the middle of the year, I teach them to write the title using the books. They also illustrate the book.
Changing my listening center from a weekly book to a monthly book helped my students with reading comprehension. My students could have book talks about the characters, setting, and events easily. It also helped with my sanity.