August 17, 2016

Step 6

Step 6 is critical to ensuring students get the full value of the Process and the project they have just completed. This step helps students assess what they learned, what they achieved, what impact they had – even if the result of the project was different than planned – and how their work can be built upon for future impact.

Use the following tools to:

  • Help students reflect and celebrate their environmental problem solving experience
  • Share their project and story with the public
  • Ensure that there is a sustainable plan for maintaining the project moving forward

This video provides a brief overview of Step Six, Celebrate and Reflect. 


Step Six Resources

A Note on Distance Learning Facilitation: Celebrating and reflecting can be adapted to a distance-learning environment. 

Reflection: Begin reflecting with individual writing prompts, creating artwork, using thought organizers, etc. Then, create a space via an online video platform to allow students to share their thoughts with others. They can share their artwork and/or discuss their big takeaways from this process. Our reflection exercises are now in a fillable format, see below

Celebration: Depending on your individual situation, your usual celebration plans may change this year. Instead of creating an event in person, consider the following platforms to celebrate your Earth Force Process cycle: 

  • An online video conference that includes stakeholders and volunteers that worked with you throughout this process. Provide space for students to share their experiences with the larger community. 
  • Join an online conference and present. Many organizations are taking their conferences virtual, or have been doing virtual conferences for many years. Depending on your location and topic, there may be ample opportunity to share virtually. 
    • Earth Force Summits (eligibility depending on geographic location) 
    • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
    • Your state’s teachers association
    • North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE)
    • GLOBE (water quality only, using their protocol)

Step 6 Materials: 

Civic Action Reflection Exercise
Reflect & Celebrate: A Step 6 Lesson Plan
Additional Information on Writing Project Stories
Reflection Prompts and Methods
Step 6 Reflection: We’re All Connected
Youth-Adult Partnership Reflection