Reflective Listening Skills

Do you ever feel like your conversation partner is just nodding along as you speak? Encourage teenagers to become reflective listeners with a short activity in which they form responses to assertive statements to reflect what the speaker is expressing.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use in a peer counseling class or club to encourage listening skills
  • Bring to a special education class for learners who struggle with expressing themselves 
  • Encourage learners to write their own skits to demonstrate examples of reflective listening in their own lives
Classroom Considerations
  • There are a few wording errors that might make some parts of the activity confusing; consider rewriting the role-play activities to clarify sentences
  • Lesson uses the terms reflective listening and active listening interchangeably
  • Provides topical examples of misunderstandings for teenagers
  • Comes with a list of sample statements for active listening responses to guide learners through conversations
  • Ideal for a mediation activity
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