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									    Reflecting on Service



   National Service Resource Center
National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
    A few words to reflect on


• Experience is not what happens to people;
  it is what people do with what happened to
  them.
    - Aldous Huxley (with liberties)


• We do not learn from doing, we learn from
  thinking about what we do.
  - Northwest Service Academy
                Why reflect?


• Gives meaning to the experience
• Relieves tension and re-energizes participants
• Sense of accomplishment
• Integrates service into one's life
• Reality Check
• Acknowledges gained skills
          Research shows


• Reflection has some positive impact on
  the attitudes of the volunteers regarding
  service

• The lack of reflection has a STRONG
  NEGATIVE impact
   Three stages of reflection

• pre-service: examine own beliefs,
  assumptions and attitudes
• during service: learn from peers, share
  observations; ask for and receive
  feedback; ask questions; and solve
  problems
• post-service: evaluate impact of service;
  acknowledge personal growth
     Reflection may include


• Reactions

• Feelings

• Observations

• Ideas
Reflection can happen through


• Writing     • Reading

• Speaking    • Drawing

• Listening   • Acting
         Reflection should:

• Have an outcome in mind
• Be appropriate for the group
• Happen before, during, and soon after
  service
• Be directly linked to the project experience
• Dispel stereotypes
• Address negative experiences
         Reflection should:

• Increase appreciation for community
  needs
• Increase commitment to service
• Be varied for different learning styles
• Actively involve the service recipients
• Be facilitated well for maximum
  participation, creativity, and learning
                    Resources


• Service Reflection Toolkit
  Northwest Service Academy
  http://www.studentsinservicetoamerica.org/tools_resources/docs/
  nwtoolkit.pdf (490Kb PDF)


• Connecting Thinking and Action: Ideas for
  Service-Learning Reflection
  RMC Research Corporation
     http://servicelearning.org/filemanager/download/132 (1.1Mb
 PDF)
                   Feedback

Share your ideas with us!

• National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
  E-mail: info@servicelearning.org
  Phone: 1-866-245-SERV (7378)
  Website: www.servicelearning.org


• National Service Resource Center
  E-mail: epicenter@etr.org
  Phone: 1-800-860-2684 x100
  Website: http://nationalserviceresources.org

								
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