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The Grandfriends Project -- A Program Creating Friendships Across the Generations Martin Kimeldorf, the author

Documenting Learning: Journals about Grandfriends

The first five journals are linked to the training experiences. Later journal assignments are exploratory in nature. I ask that journals be completed right after a visit. While students are visiting I sometimes sit and grade the previous week's journals. In the 10th journal the student is asked to consider the possibility of a grandfriend dying. This is done to prepare them for this possibility or to anticipate a decline in the Grandfriend's health. I have found the other journals marked with a (*) to be especially helpful. I have never had any group complete all 18 journals. You can track student journal assignments on the Appendix G-Journal and Worksheet Tracking Sheet.

Journal Writing Assignments

These are to be completed during the week you don't go on the visit. I expect about 100 to 250 words in which you share your thoughts, feelings, suggestions, concerns. You can always add visual elements, drawings, or paste in items to make your journal truly personal. Work is to be typed and spell checked or very neatly printed. These will be collected on the due date. You will need to keep your journals and other class work when it is returned because you'll be able to use ideas and thoughts from them in a final product. Your journal will be evaluated by criteria set by the teacher. Sample criteria used in other projects include the following:

Length, 3/4 page typed, 250 words long
5 (250)
3 (100)
Clarity, your thoughts make sense
5 4 3 2 1
Depth, you give lots of examples
5 4 3 2 1
Appearance (typed/printed and spelling)
5 x 3 x 1

Late journals lose points, while journals with drawings, visuals or pasted items may receive bonus points. Critical Journals for the Grandfriends Project are noted with a (*)

  1. (*) Write a letter to me, your teacher. In your letter tell me 6 things:
    1. Why you want to be in the Grandfriends Project?
    2. What you expect to see at the care facility?
    3. What you expect to be doing?
    4. Why might the Project be fun?
    5. What you hope to learn ?
    6. What does the name "grandfriend" mean to you?

  2. (*) Describe all you saw and heard on the tour. You may wish to draw a floor plan or map showing where we went and add this to your journal writing.

  3. (*) List some of the changes people go through when they get older and age. Tell about changes you have seen in older people you have known or met.

  4. (*) Tell what you thought of the Volunteer Orientation. What are the five most important things to remember.

  5. (*) After reviewing a longer list of rules and suggestions in chapter three, what do you think are five most important ones to remember. In your own words tell why each rule is important.

  6. Complete this journal about any topic you want to discuss related to this project. You might discuss your thoughts about aging, any questions you still have about the project, what you hope will happen on your first visit, or any thoughts relating to our project.
    [Note, only the first 6 of the 18 journal prompts are included herein]

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