Welcome to the Reflection Learning Library. This resource can help you identify the best ways to incorporate reflection as a form of learning in service and civic engagement.

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Guiding Practice

It's important to take time to identify why you want to use reflection, what you expect to get out of reflection, and how you can approach reflection so it is most effective for learning. Whether you are planning for an experience, are currently immersed in an experience, or reviewing an experience, you can use these "Pace" guiding practices.

Pause

Sometimes we are so focused on our acts of service that we forget to take a moment to pause. Pausing allows us to really connect with the experience we are having. Whether it is by yourself or with others, it is important to find time to stop and process.

Assess

An important component of reflecting is assessing what you’ve done, who was involved, and the end result. All thoughts, emotions and feelings are important to the process, so don’t leave anything out. 

Connect

How does the work you have completed connect back to your original vision, goals, and your values? Revisit what brought you to this work and see if it is in alignment with where you are.

Express

A critical component of reflection is being able to express what you’ve done and how you feel about it. This could be something you do for yourself or something you share with others. How would you choose to crystalize and share your experience? Whether you choose to reflect alone or with others, the important thing is that you set aside time for the process. Be intentional, be thoughtful, be honest and be specific.

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Fingerprinting Process FAQ

Preparation is a continual practice that allows us to do our best as community members and volunteers. Youth programs through the Pace Center require specific preparations and processes in order for volunteers to do service well and have legal clearance to work with these vulnerable populations. Some programs and projects require…

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Online Training Resources

The Pace Center has created these online training courses for civic engagement and service learning based on our four core workshops to offer a flexible and accessible platform for students, staff, and partners to develop essential skills and knowledge to work with and learn from community. These courses aim to empower participants by providing…

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Journaling

Journaling offers people the opportunity to use writing to record thoughts, feelings, and ideas.

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Musical Chairs

Get people moving and reflect at the same time. This activity is particularly effective when bringing people together after they have experienced different parts of the same program, project, or event. 

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Being Well, Serving Well

This activity is designed to teach students how to create personal and communal wellness plans, identify campus and local resources, and find rest in community.

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Enneagram & You

The Enneagram system is designed to provide insights into human behavior while also illuminating pathways of growth and development.

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Questions for Civic Love

Civic Love is one’s love for society, expressed through a commitment to the common good. The 36 Questions for Civic Love offer opportunity for conversation on how we can grow civic love together.

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What Motivates You to Serve?

What brings us to service and civic engagement can vary. Understanding our individual and group motivations can help strengthen relationships and focus response. 

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