Reflective Journal for Facilitator

From Community Narrations

Aims of the practice and description of participants

Self-reflection of facilitator, making implicit knowledge tangible, evaluation.

Resources, Materials needed

- Notebook
- Pen

Duration

10-15 minutes.

Step-by-step - what has to be done?

The facilitator keeps a diary of thoughts, ideas, feelings, expectations, visions, experiences and observations when working with a specific group. This reflective journal should be kept from the early stages of planning a workshop until the end of it.
The aim is to compare expectations with outcomes; possible misalignments can reveal the facilitator's biases and preconceptions in planning the workshop or give insight into the needs of the group. In addition, the diary can be useful for capturing implicit knowledge and making it tangible by writing it down.

Learning Outcomes - which skills are addressed?

- Self-reflection
- Making biases visible

How do you check the outcomes are reached?

Outcomes are reached if the journal is fill with diligence, if the facilitator go back to what it written after a workshop and if it's honest about itself when re-reading previous thoughts/feelings/expectations etc.