Using Reflection Activities in the Field to Deepen Student Learning
This activity offers one of the reflection activities we developed in our learning community "Exploring Natural History in Word and Field." In this class, the students learn about natural history by reading natural history essays and participating in field trips. In this activity, we use reflection before and during a field trip to an Old Growth Forest to help our students clarify their own stance for a Position Paper on whether and under what conditions logging should be allowed in Old Growth Forests.
Add specific outcomes from Biology Field Trip instructions here: TK
In addition, we have some general learning goals specific to the Reflection activities:
1) To give students the opportunity to reflect on their previous experience in old-growth forests and their role as consumers of forest products.
2) To give students the opportunity to experience the old growth forest through several senses: seeing, listening, smelling, touching.3) To give students the chance to experience directly the difference between the younger age forest stands and old growth forest.
4) To give students the opportunity to see the forest that's been written about by natural history writers like John Muir and William Dietrich.
5) To give students the opportunity to reflect on the different stances represented in the course readings and clarify their own stance on preservation of old growth forest.
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
Pre- Reflection (Reflection #1) provides the questions we ask before visiting the OG Forest to assess the students knowledge, experience and values regarding old-growth forests and forest practices
Forest Reflection (Reflection #2) -provides the instructions for a contemplative freewriting activity in the forest to help them clarify their own views for a position paper
Position Paper Assignment gives the specific instructions for writing the position paper, including the list of readings we assign.
Sample Student Reflections gives examples of student responses.
Introduction/Context for Reflection Activities (Microsoft Word 43kB Feb29 12)
Pre-OG Forest Reflection Activity (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 70kB Dec30 11)
OG Forest Reflection Activity (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 113kB Dec30 11)
Sample Student Reflections (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 160kB Dec30 11)
Position Paper Assignment (Microsoft Word 40kB Dec30 11)