Self Reflection Project Ideas

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.

One of the best ways to see personal growth is through the tool of self reflection. These projects will give your middle and high school students a chance to self reflect in a variety of ways.

Importance of Self Reflection

Self reflection is the act of thinking about the things that you think and do, and analyzing your motivations for thinking and doing these things. Self reflection is something that every person can benefit from. One of the main benefits of self reflection is that it helps you see who you are and set goals for how to improve yourself. Using these self reflection projects with middle and high school students will help them grow as students and people.

Weekly Journal

For this project, students will pick from the list of prompts below and respond to a different prompt each day for a week. Since the nature of some of the questions is sensitive, students will be allowed to fold over one page of their reflection journal. This means that you will not be reading or grading that page and students will be able to reflect more honestly. The other six pages will be evaluated for their project grade. You may want to set a minimum length for the entries based on your students' readiness.

  • What was the most difficult obstacle you have faced? What did you do? How are you different today because of it?
  • If you had to define yourself in only a few words, what would you say? Why?
  • What is one thing you would change about your character if you could? Why?
  • What part of your character are you most proud of? How have you worked to grow this part of yourself?
  • Think about the following quote from Charles Dickens: ''Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.'' What are the small blessings in life you should be grateful for? Do you take any of these for granted? How might you adjust your attitude?
  • Think about the self-talk you use. What would someone else say if they heard this aloud? How might you change it to promote self reflection and self improvement?
  • Reflecting on today only, what are you most proud of? What would you change about your thoughts, actions or motivations today?
  • Two-part prompt: - Day 1: Think about your day tomorrow. What goals do you have for the day? What challenges might you face? Record some things you might do when faced with these challenges. - Day 2: How was your day? Were you successful in meeting your goals? How did the challenges turn out? Did having a plan help you face the difficulties of the day?
  • Materials Needed: Prompts, paper

Who Am I? Who Will I Become?

This is a two-part project. Students will be making two collages on a piece of poster board. One side will be a collection of who they are and the other side will include images and words related to who they want to become.

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