5 Active reflective listening exercises

The current blogpost will be based on the question “what are active reflective listening exercises ?”. We will discuss the various exercises that can be used for active reflective listening.we will also discuss how each exercise plays a significant role in strengthening the skill of active reflective listening .

What are active reflective listening exercises?

Active reflective listening exercises are based on activities that are intentional and voluntary in order to help the individuals develop a self awareness about themselves and create an insight related to their life. 

Active reflective exercises help the individuals to know themselves better and be aware of what has happened in the past that has affected their life. In this way the individuals are able to ponder over and revisit their past by having knowledge about the effect that an incident in their past life has had on their current life. 

Following are some of the active reflective listening exercises :

  • GROWTH MINDSET AND GOAL SETTING
  • ASKING STUDENTS TO REFLECT ON A DEEPER LEVEL.
  • MODEL YOUR OWN REFLECTION.
  • REFLECT ‘N’ SKETCH
  • REFLECTION VLOG
  • SCRAPBOOK
  • THE CUBE OF REFLECTION
  • SOCIAL MEDIA
  • SEMESTER REFLECTION

GROWTH MINDSET AND GOAL SETTING

Growth mindset and goal setting is an active reflective listening exercise. It is aimed  at developing a growth mindset. The objective is to set goals for a specific time and then follow the steps to achieve those goals. In the end, the learning outcomes are discussed and analysed.

Goal setting and goal achievement enables the individuals to reflect upon themselves and their life in a way that they feel themselves having more skills and abilities. 

Thus students can learn and reflect upon their skills that they previously had and the skills that they were able to achieve after a particular time. 

ASKING STUDENTS TO REFLECT ON A DEEPER LEVEL

Deep reflection helps students to critically think and evaluate . the various levels of reflection are based on the following : 

  •  Remember what I accomplished?
  • Understand what is important and what I did?
  • Where could I use that again?
  • Analyze the learned patterns in my behavior?
  • How well did I do?
  • What could be done differently?
  • How can I use this knowledge in future work?

MODEL YOUR OWN REFLECTION

This active reflection exercise is based on modeling learning and reflecting on the outcomes.  After an activity the teacher tends to reflect upon his or her learning in front of the students. The teacher tends to model her reflection for the students. The teacher intentionally highlights the mistakes and downfalls during the learning process so that the students are able to draw inferences out of the mistakes.

REFLECT ‘N’ SKETCH

The reflect and sketch activity is an active reflective exercise. After introducing a lecture about a lesson to the students, the teacher asks the students to reflect their understanding of the subject matter through art and drawing. In this way students who struggle to verbally articulate their feelings are able to model them through art and drawing.

Through this active reflective exercise students are able to reflect and sketch their experiences about learning and portray their true feelings in a non threatening way.

REFLECTION VLOG

Another way to reflect upon the experience is through  mob=vie making or video making. The students are asked to make a video or movie whole reflecting upon their learning experience. They may use their drawings or pieces of art as a reference.

This exercise is very engaging as the students actively get involved in it. The students are able to open up through this on camera exercise and even find it interesting to post it online. 

SCRAPBOOK

Making a reflective scrapbook is especially effective for the students. This can be done individually or through a group. In groups, the students take pictures while working and then make a scrapbook of those pictures by pasting pictures and writing in short about the experience. The students can also add stickers or art designs to make their scrapbook pretty.

THE CUBE OF REFLECTION

The cube of reflection is a group exercise. The students collectively reflect upon their learning. It is done in the classroom with the help of a tangible cube. The students roll the cube that helps them to collectively reflect upon their learning. The activity is based on Bloom’s taxonomy and guiding questions.

The main outcomes of this activity are:

  • Students will remember it.
  • Students will understand it.
  • Students will apply for it.
  • Students will analyze it.
  • Students will evaluate it.
  • Students will create it

SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media has become an inseparable part of the life of students. The teacher or the facilitator tends to make a google website where the students are given an opportunity to reflect upon their learning experience. It’s just like a fake facebook. The teacher has the ability to ask questions from the students by posting them and the students are able to comment and post their responses. Thus learning and reflecting upon the learning experience becomes a fun activity.

SEMESTER REFLECTION

Semester reflection is based on the following three areas :

  • Academic
  • Out of school 
  • personal

In this way the students are able to deeply reflect upon the changes, growth and areas for improvement in all of the three areas. 

The semester reflection exercise is an active reflective exercise that helps students to do deep reflection and gain a broader insight into the learning outcomes of the semester.

Conclusion

The current blogpost was based on the question “what are active reflective listening exercises ?”. We enlisted and learned various exercises that can help us to strengthen our active reflective listening skills. We also elaborated the details of each exercise related to active reflective listening.

Frequently asked questions : active reflective listening exercises

What are some reflection activities?

Following are the some reflection activities :

  • Growth Mindset and Goal Setting
  • Asking students to reflect on a deeper level
  • Model your own reflection
  • Reflect ‘n’ Sketch
  • Reflection Vlog
  • Analyze your work from the teacher’s perspective
  • Scrapbook
  • The Cube of Reflection

What are reflection exercises?

Reflection exercises help an individual to rewrite stories that  had some unpleasant effects in their life,  the client’s undergo the “why” of what happened and tend to explore what possibly can happen next. When an individual thinks about his past he is able to find out what is holding him back in life. As a result the individual is better able to move in the direction of goal achievement.

What are self reflective activities?

Following are the self reflective activities :

  • Mindfulness Meditation.
  • Grounding techniques, and reconnecting to the Earth.
  • Tai Chi, Qigong, or Yoga.
  • Strength Assessments, such as the Values in Action Strength Test, from the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Journaling.
  • Having a Personal Vision.
  • Observing others

How do you do reflective practice?

Following are some of the questions used for self reflective activities :

  1. Who am I, really?
  2. What worries me most about the future?
  3. If this were the last day of my life, would I have the same plans for today?
  4. What am I really scared of?
  5. Am I holding on to something I need to let go of?
  6. If not now, then when?
  7. What matters most in my life?

Citations

https://symondsresearch.com/reflection-activities-exercises/

https://www.teachwriting.org/612th/2017/12/28/10-unique-and-creative-reflection-techniques-lessons-for-the-secondary-student

https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/wi4hpublications/files/2015/10/Debriefing_Activity_Idea_Sheets.pdf