Student reflection is a critical piece of the service learning experience, as it ties the service and the academic coursework together through critical thinking and reasoning. Reflection activities can take many forms, including journals, video testimonials, essays, small group discussions, or worksheets.
Faculty Resources to Aid with Reflection
A number of resources are available to help faculty create student reflection activities that encourage critical thinking and help the students make the connections between their classroom learning and their service activities.
Reflection in Higher Education Service Learning (National Service Learning Clearinghouse)
"Reflection Toolkit" Developed by Northwest Service Academy, Portland Oregon (National Service Resources)
"What, So What, Now What" Questions for Initiating Reflection
Reflection Grading Rubric
Hilbert College's Service Learning Task Force developed a rubric to help evaluate student reflections. Student evaluation should be on the relationships and connections they make between the coursework and the service.
Faculty members should contact the Service Learning Coordinator to discuss the reflective activities that are most appropriate for their students and the project in which the students are engaged.
Office of Service Learning
Franciscan Hall 104
5200 South Park Ave.
Hamburg, NY 14075
(716) 649-7900 ext. 356
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