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Realizing the Results

Document Your Process

From the onset of a civic learning and engagement project it’s helpful to document the process so that both you and your students, and even the school-day teachers, can see what has been done and how well they did it. Some groups use video, audio, and photos as tools to document each step along the way; others create scrapbooks or journals.

No matter how it’s done, documentation is a great tool for analyzing a process and its outcomes. Find more about documenting learning here.

Review and Evaluate

Once a civic learning and engagement project is complete, use your documented records to review and evaluate the experience. Ask students probing questions, and discuss their responses. Possible questions to ask include:

  • What do you know now about civic engagement that you didn’t know before you started?
  • Who else benefited from this project, and how?
  • What would you do differently now that you know more?
  • What was the best experience you had during this project?
  • What was the hardest part of this project?
  • Did you learn about other community issues that you might want to address in the future?

Follow Up

While it’s not always possible to monitor the outcomes of a civic learning and engagement project over time, it’s a great exercise in many cases. Not only will young people have the satisfaction of seeing the impact of their hard work, but they may also discover that it’s necessary to stay involved in order to see the desired outcomes become reality.

"We worked in teams to develop a plan."

"Our Town Council Meeting."

 

"Our playground."

 

"Enjoying our success!"

My Notebook

Project-Based Learning

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Glossary

Project-Based Learning