The Importance of Reflection

Kolb's (1984) Experiential Learning Theory posits that there are four steps in learning through experience:

doing, reflecting, analyzing, and applying.​

While this might seem simple and straightforward, it's often overlooked. How often do you sit back after an experience and reflect on it? How often do you actively identify the aspects of the experience you want to replicate in the future, and those you want to avoid? 

 

What's one thing you can do today to make a change in your community, your world, or in yourself? How might it start a chain reaction?

I want to get involved but I'm overwhelmed.

I keep seeing people posting about issues online.

In what ways can social media be helpful and harmful to social justice? How do we harness it?

My friends/family/peers disagree with my views.

When do you engage in dialogue and when do you walk away? What makes a productive conversation? 

I have been learning about new issues around me that I feel passionately about.

What are the issues and how do they intersect with who you are? How does this change your perspective?

Reflection is a critical part of our growth.

Here are some reflection prompts to get you started, but this should be personal to you. Draw! Paint! Dance!

Reflect in a way that feels right for you.

I'm not an activist.

What is your definition of an 'activist'? Where does it come from? Why don't you think you're an activist?

I can't make change because I hate protests.

Where did you learn that protest is the 'best' way to be an activist? What do you enjoy doing? How could you use that to make change?

I'm so inspired!!

What inspires you? What can inspiration lead to? Who do you inspire?

I am...

Who are you? How does who you are reflect the way power and privilege act in our world? How do you harness that?

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