Edmonds Community College
Using Reflection Activities to Deepen Student Engagement part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
We developed this series of Reflection Activities in our learning community class "Exploring Natural History in Word and Field." Specifically, we require our students to participate in a service learning project with a non-profit organization engaged in environmental restoration. We've found that students are more likely to experience deeper engagement when we build reflection activities into the quarter-long experience. These are articulated in this two-part assignment.
Reading & Writing Poetry as Contemplative Practice part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
This activity suggests several ways that contemplative practice is at the heart of both reading and writing poetry. It offers a handout using the process of Lectio Divina to teach students how to read poetry and provides a Poetry of Witness writing assignment that uses contemplative practice as one of its steps. It also provides examples of student poems and reflections written in response to this assignment. I want to acknowledge Sue Sutherland-Hanson, who shared her assignments and provided a sounding board for these activities.
Using Reflection Activities in the Field to Deepen Student Learning part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
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.