Why:

  • Helps us remember something later, recapturing the moment for a deeper look
  • Engages the brain
  • Stimulates thought
  • Allows us to look at ourselves, our feelings, and our actions in a different way.
  • Allows us to clear our minds.

Process 

  • Three main forms: Notebooks, Loose-leaf paper in a binder, or digitally (word processing)
  • Time and Setting: Somewhere quiet, few disturbances, proper lighting, and not related to performance.
  • Writing Structures: Free writing; autobiographical; learning journals, and/or descriptive writing about a recent situation, encounter, or experience.
    • Description of the situations/encounters/experiences that includes some attention to feelings at the time.
    • Additional material – information that comes to our notice or into our minds after the event
    • Reflection – going back to the experience, attending to feelings and evaluation experience.
    • Things to do – The process of reflection may well lead to the need to look again at a situation or to explore some future area.  It may highlight the need to take some concrete actions.

Examples:

 Quick Write – At the end of a process or lesson learners take 2-3 minutes to journal what they learned and questions that they may have for future learning.  This may be used throughout the day as a reflection on the learning process or the content of the lesson.  (Use Self-Reflection Writing Stems or One Minute Feedback)

Dream Board – Learners create a board to reflect a dream that they are pursuing. Organize the project using the DREAM process as elements of the board.

Daily Dedications – On the top of a paper completed in class, learners write a brief dedication to someone or something that will help them to reach their dreams or goals.