Fall 2012 Reflection Guidelines

Suggestions for writing reflective entries adapted

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Suggestions for Writing Reflective Entries (Adapted from the Criteria and Assessment Feedback Form for Service Learning Journals developed by St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Tom Zladick, Ph.D.) • A reflection should include information about sights, sounds, smells, concerns, insights, doubts, fears, and critical questions about issues, people, and most importantly, yourself. It is not a work log of tasks, events, times, and dates. • Honesty is very important. Write what is meaningful to you, not what you think your preceptor will want to read. Most importantly, please keep in mind that there is no “right or wrong” way to complete this assignment. The What? So What? Now What? Model of reflection should be utilized. A true reflection contains three components: What? - a descriptive component in which the events are described So What? - an examination component in which the event(s) are explored and feelings/reactions are discussed Now What? - a contemplative, planning component where plans are made for future encounters. The questions listed under each of the three categories below are simply a guide and may help get you started on making reflective entries as you think about your experiences. You may want to choose a question that has relevance to your site experience. You may come up with questions of your own. What? (Describe) What happened at the site/during your visit? With whom did you interact? What did the patients/clients and staff do? What were their roles? What did the site look like? Sound like? Smell like? Size? Condition? What were the activities? Who participated? Who did not? What are the most significant event(s) that took place? What were the interactions between the staff and patients/clients? What problems arose? What successes did you have? How do the clients respond to the staff? So What? (Examine) How did you feel about your experiences? What was the best thing that happened? The worst? Were you offended by anything? Were you puzzled by anything that happened? What lifted your spirits? In what did you take the most pride? What have you learned about the site and/or the people? What are the similarities and differences between you and the patients/clients?
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How did you respond internally to the setting? How did you respond to the patients’/clients’ appearance? To their behavior? What did you think of the staff?
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