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Reflective Reflection

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This is a tool to be used in the evaluation of an entire activity. It is based on reflection and self assessment.

Aims of the tool

*to encourage participants to reflect on their own learning
* to support participants into looking at themselves and their learning from another point of view
* to highlight the important elements of one's learning

Description of the tool

During the final sessions, in the middle of the participants' circle, there will be a box with a cover on top. Participants will be told that in the box there is the photo portrait of each person. In turns, participants will peek in the box, see the face of a participant and talk about that person, without giving any type of hint on who the respective person is. (Facilitator will have to change the "photo" afterwards).
Key questions:
*How did you perceive that person when we all met?
*What changes have you seen in this person during the time here?
*What advice would you give to the person?
Facilitator can add some funny questions or other relevant ones.
THE METHOD is that in the box (besides a few pages that make the simulation of changing photos) participants will see a mirror. Surprising the participant, he/she will speak about themselves without having prepared answers beforehand, here more sincerity.
Another part of reflection, is that participants will listen to the comments of each one and see themselves through the eyes of others, wondering of it's about them talking. On the other hand, participants who have been in front of the mirror, will be able to further reflect on their learning hearing other points of view.


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Tool overview

This tool addresses


It is recommended for use in:

Youth Exchanges
Training and Networking

Materials needed:

*1 box minimum 30*30*30cm (even 1m)
*1 mirror minimum 30*30cm (larger is ok)
*1 cover (sheet, blanket etc) that cover the whole box and can even flow over
* a few sheets of paper


1-3-5 minutes per participant.

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Cosmin Saic

in the context of

Tool is created in 2014 for the "Once upon a" Erasmus+ youth mobility project

The tool has been experimented in

Several Youth mobilities and youth worker mobilities in Erasmus+

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Cosmin Saic (on 13 August 2017)

and last modified

23 June 2017

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