Reflective Listening Exercises & Games

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Working on reflective listening with students can be great fun, and it also requires a lot of practice. This lesson offers games and exercises that help with reflective listening.

The Importance of Reflective Listening

As teachers, we often want nothing more than for our students to be good listeners. Teaching our students to listen reflectively means more than just ensuring they hear what others say. Reflective listening means:

  • paying close attention to what we are listening to.
  • incorporating what we hear with our prior knowledge about the speaker and the content.
  • questioning assumptions and premises even as we listen.
  • attending to our own emotional and cognitive responses to new ideas we hear.

Teaching students to listen reflectively takes plenty of time and practice, and it can be important to have some activities that also make it fun and appealing. The games and exercises in this lesson can be used repeatedly over time to help your students develop reflective listening skills.

You can also modify any of these activities to meet the needs of students of different ages, experiences, and ability levels.

Reflective Listening Games

Here, you will find some active games that make it fun to listen reflectively.

Listen and List

This is a fun game that incorporates just a little competition as your students listen reflectively. Ask your students to look directly at you as you recite a list of words. You can make the game more challenging by choosing words that are unrelated to each other, or you can make it simpler by choosing words that all fit within one category.

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