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?
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."
"Enjoying our success!"
- 2Key Terms
- 3Project-Based Learning Diagram
- 4What Makes a Good Project?
- 5Life Is Full of Projects
- 6Benefits of Projects
- 721st Century Skills
- 8Habits of Mind
- 9Projects or Activities?
- 10Project Kickoff
- 11Understanding Community Needs
- 12Become Active Investigators
- 13Engaging Students in Active Learning
- 14What Makes a Good Driving Question?
- 15Project Launch
- 16Learning by Doing
- 17Learning by Doing: Example
- 18Project-Based Learning in Action
- 19The Adult's Role
- 20Working With Diverse Student Groups
- 22Culminating Event Examples
- 23Time to Shine
- 24The Audience
- 25Document and Evaluate the Learning
- 27Civic Learning and Engagement Introduction
- 28Civic Learning and Engagement
- 29Committed to Positive Change
- 30Key Civic Terms
- 31A Special Kind of Project-Based Learning
- 32Civic Learning and Engagement in Action
- 33Encouraging Active Participation
- 34Building 21st Century Skills
- 35Linking With School-Day Civics
- 36Linking Civic Learning and Engagement With School-Day Learning
- 37Linking Skills and Academics With Civic Life
- 38Starting a Project
- 39Develop a Plan of Action
- 40Implement a Plan of Action
- 41Evaluate and Reflect
- 42Realizing the Results
- 43Learn More Library
- 46Check for Understanding
- 1Implementing Project-Based Learning
- 2Keep It Youth Centered
- 3Youth-Centered Coaching Moment
- 4Set Clear Goals and Objectives
- 5Goals and Objectives Coaching Moment
- 6Make it Doable and Sustainable
- 7Projects Over Time — Coaching Moment
- 8Facilitating Self-Directed Learning
- 9Self-Directed Learning Example
- 10Self-Directed Learning — Example 2
- 11Facilitation Strategies
- 12Think Globally, Act Locally
- 13Projects for Every Age
- 14Incorporate Multiple Perspectives
- 15Facilitation for Success
- 16Working With Agencies and Groups
- 17Demonstrate and Document Learning
- 18Demonstrate Learning — Coaching Moment
- 19Demonstrate Learning — Coaching Moment 2
- 20Pull It Together
- 21Additional Resources