Reflect on What was Learned and How It Can Be Applied in Life

Purpose: to consider the ways learning will transfer to new situations.

We draw special attention to the transfer of learning because such transfer cannot be assumed. This activity is intended to help students expand their "range" of skill use by thinking about and articulating how their learning can apply to new and increasingly complex situations.


  1. Do a group brainstorm, on a blackboard or newsprint, of what students learned about the role-related goal they worked on during the learning cycle.
  2. Drawing from this general brainstorm, ask students to list on their own worksheet the particular things that they personally learned.
  3. Discuss some examples of how this learning might transfer to other contexts, and then ask students to fill out the right-hand column of the chart.
  4. Have students pair up to share their work, and then ask volunteers to share with the group. Give students time to add ideas to their worksheets after this discussion.

Worksheet (Word file)

Using the Tool in Practice:

In this one-to-one tutoring example, an immigrant parent was trying to get information from an overworked school counselor about the non-academic programs (after school clubs, sports activities, chorus, etc.) that would be accessible to her limited English-speaking child. The counselor was friendly during their meeting, but did not follow-up. The student focused on the "Advocate and Influence" standard for this activity.

Using What I Learned

Primary role: Family member

What I learned about getting information from someone in my role as a parent

How I will use this in other situations/places:

Explain why you need the information

When I’m asking for information at work

Express understanding that the person is busy with many things

When I want to talk to the boss or other busy people

Get names when you speak to people about a problem

Whenever I call someone about a problem (like when I call the clinic)

Write down agreements and repeat it so that everyone is clear about it

Whenever I make an agreement without other people there to hear it (like when my boss agrees to my vacation schedule)

Ask when you can expect to hear back with an update

When someone is supposed to get back to me

Used in Teaching/Learning Examples:

Measurement in a Real World Setting
Talking to Co-workers