Group Reflection Activities

Instructor: Grace Pisano

Grace has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in teaching. She previously taught high school in several states around the country.

Group reflection gives students the skills necessary to compromise, see different points of view and work together. Use these group reflection activities in your middle and high school classes to help students process an activity or event.

Group Reflection Activities

The best way to have students process through an event or activity is by reflecting. Reflecting is the process of discussing what happened in a guided way to make connections to the real world and the learning process. By doing reflections in groups, the reflection experience will be enhanced as students are able to hear the take ways of their peers and see other perspectives.

These activities are designed to be done after a difficult assignment, service-learning project or major school-wide event. The appropriate age range is middle and high school students. As the name of the resource suggests, they will all be completed in a group setting.

Journal Sharing

This reflection activity is designed to be started when students are still in the process of completing their project/event that they will later reflect on. For this activity, have students write a short journal entry after doing each piece/day of the project. In this journal, they should talk about what stood out most to them that day, something that surprised them or their greatest takeaway.

After students have completed the project (and their takeaway), put students in small groups of 3-4. Students will exchange journals to read what their classmates experienced. After reading the journals of their class members, the groups should discuss the following questions:

  1. What was similar between the journal entries?
  2. What was different about the journal entries?
  3. Were there any events that were perceived differently by members of the group? What do you think accounts for this difference?
  4. As a group, what was the general tone of the journals?
  5. Talking about the project/event what is your greatest takeaway? How will it influence what you do in the future?
  6. Would you like to do something like this again? Why or why not?
  • Materials Needed: None

Lyrics to Describe the Experience

After the project or event has taken place, put students into groups of about five. Have students talk about the following prompts to begin their reflection on the event:

  1. What was the best part of this project/event? The worst part?
  2. Would you like to do something like this again? Why or why not?
  3. If you had to talk to someone who had never done a project/event like this before, what would you tell them?
  4. What do you think accounts for different experiences the members of your group might have had?

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