The PBIS World Book

Reflective Listening

Why should I do it:

  • Helps students to feel they have been heard and understood
  • Improves student buy in and participation
  • Improves student/teacher communication
  • Builds student/teacher rapport
  • Helps students feel validated
  • Makes students more likely to share and discuss things with teachers
  • Gives students positive attention
  • Provides clarification
  • Improves students cooperation and compliance

When should I do it:

  • All the time with all students and parents

How do I do it:

  • Simply stated, reflective listening is when you listen to what someone says and repeat it back to them so they know you heard and understood them
  • The links below will help to further explain, give examples, and ideas for using reflective listening with students, parents, and other teachers

Resources & Support for technique:
(Items with footnotes link to external websites)