Reflective Language

“…the teacher repeating back the same language given initially by the child…”
Lee Havis from GMT , p.3
This technique is most often a verbal expression, repeating the same words back to help children independently resolve the matter at issue for themselves. It is less dangerous than other verbal techniques because it adds nothing to the child’s own expression; e.g., (child) “Where is my book?” (teacher) “Where is your book?”. This can be particularly effective in resolving social conflict between children, keeping you strictly neutral and detached from the positions taken by each child in the argument. A still heavier type of verbal interaction is questioning, which you may need when other lighter techniques don’t work or are not available.