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A helpful way to frame questions for reflection is by using this handy little triad,

So what?
Now what?

Here's how it works:

   • What? These are questions that ask, "what are we doing, what have we accomplished, what have we learned?"

   • So what? These questions ask, "what difference does/did it make, why should we do it, how is it important, how do we feel about it?"

   • Now what? These questions ask, "what’s next, where do we go from here, what has this prepared us for?"

Enough of the theory. Here is a batch of typical questions teachers ask both during and after the project:

What do you think you will do and what impact do you think you will have?

What needs did/does/will your project help fill?

What are the causes of those needs?

How do people contribute to this problem? How do we help to solve it?

What expectations do you have about your service experience?

Did anything surprise you? If so, what?

What did you do today that made you feel that you made a difference? Why?

Did anything happen that made you feel uncomfortable? If so what, and why do you think it made you feel this way?

What did you do that seemed to be effective or ineffective in service to others?

How does your understanding of the community change as a result of your participation in this project?

How can you continue your involvement with this group or social issue?

How can you educate others or raise awareness about this group or social issue?

What are the most difficult and most satisfying parts of the service you are performing? Why?

What do you think is your most valued contribution to the project?

Is there a person or activity you find interesting or challenging in your project?

How do you see you role with this project? How does that compare with how others may see your role?

Have you learned from any disappointments or successes from your project?

Has there been a problem situation that you want to discuss with your teacher?

How is your service relevant to what you are learning in class?

For a variety of reflection activites, go on to the next page.


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