All posts tagged reflection

Reflection and Journaling


Last spring, we added a new “Reflection Screen” to the Work-Based Learning Database.   The screen provides a choice of reflection questions, based on the Work-Based Learning Plan skills, and provides space for participants to  write brief responses.  This provides “online journaling” for summer jobs programs, internship programs and other youth employment experiences. While developing the reflection screen, […]

Reflection – Part 3

What makes a good reflection question?? What makes a good survey question? While studying reflection and journal writing for my current projects, I looked back at some of the principles I developed about what makes a good survey question for youth and family surveys. I think that the principles are the same. Youth-friendly questions should be: Comfortable:  […]

Reflection – Part 2

Courtyard in the Boston Public Library

What are the necessary elements to help student reflect on learning experiences?  Reflection has many benefits, helping students to consolidate what they have learned and to expand on ideas and insights (see Reflection – Part 1).  Programs should consider tools, techniques and time: Tools – Journals |  Workbooks |  Reflection sheets | Portfolios |  Student learning plans (college […]

Civic Awareness and Civic Literacy

Looking at a map of the community

This article continues the series of articles on 21st century skills, including Environmental Literacy, Media Literacy, Health Literacy and Economic Literacy and other “21st Century Literacies.” Civic awareness refers to the foundation that makes people active participants in the fabric of their community and beyond. What makes a person decide to participate in elections, participate […]

Reflection Questions – Part 1


In time for summer jobs programs, the Online Work-Based Learning Database has launched a new reflection screen.  This screen facilitates reflective writing for youth employment program participants, allowing them to select a topic area, select a reflection question from that topic area, and write a response.  This provides “online journaling” with a bank of questions to prompt […]