- 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.
- 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.
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.