This is an activity for the end of the week that allows students to reflect on what they’ve learned and experienced, as well as to express how they might carry their learning forward. This is a useful activity for Transfer of Learning.
- Draw a winding trail on a piece of butcher paper, and label it with the days Monday-Thursday, leaving space either on the front or back of the paper for time after Thursday. Some instructors draw pictures of what the team has done each day, others let students draw these pictures during the activity.
- Invite students to think back over the week, reminding them of the lessons experienced and places visited. Show students the pictures on the path map or invite them to draw their own.
- Invite students to think about what they learned throughout this week, during particular lessons and in general. Ask them to write or draw these things onto the path map. It can be challenging to draw forth thoughts about what students learned rather than just what they did or saw. Dig deep!
- Share (or have students share) what they wrote that they learned during the week.
- Challenge students to think of ways to apply their learning back at home. Ask a specific, clear question. Some examples include: “What did you do at IslandWood that you want to do back home now, too?” “Think of something you learned at IslandWood that you’d like to teach someone else back home. What was it and who will you teach?” and “Pick one thing you learned and tell me how you can keep that learning going when you get home.” Choose one question and be clear and concrete so that students aren’t overwhelmed
- Invite students to write their answers down on the ‘future’ part of the map. Have students share their ideas with one another.
- Encourage students to really put their ideas into action when they get home. You might have a discussion with them about their ideas, or issue a challenge.
Start small with this- help students to come up with concrete things they can do at home, rather than lofty abstract ideas. This activity really brings Transfer of Learning to the forefront at the end of the week, but don’t let it be the only thing you do to transfer learning. Application of new concepts to students’ lives at home should happen all through the week!