The Me I See 2nd Edition: Learning Through Writing and Reflection

ISBN: 978-1-885473-74-5
SIZE: 8.5 x 11
PAGE COUNT: 192
PRICE $27.95

“Journaling is a powerful reflection tool that helps individuals solidify and understand their thoughts and work through their personal feelings and reactions to the world around them.  It stimulates creativity and gives the participants a tangible memoir of their experience and growth.  The Me I See aims to provide an engaging and easy-to-use tool that will encourage these moments of self-reflection and a basic foundation whereby adolescents will recognize and come to value their own personal power, wisdom, and insight.  It is meant not only to be a guide but also an inspiration to engage learners in the lifelong practice of journaling.”

The Me I See is a simple, thorough collection of journaling prompts placed in an accessible workbook template.  The pages are full of thought-provoking prompts in an inviting format with a sense of whimsy and fun that is far less intimidating than the blank page.  These pages are conveniently reproducible and can be used alone or combined with photos and artwork to make writing fun, creative, and engaging.

The book is organized by subject, starting with “the me I see” and progressing through subjects such as “values,” “past,” “family,” and “social.”  Each subject area starts with lighter, easier-to-process prompts followed by more challenging ones.  Choose the prompts that are appropriate for your class, group, or individual.

The Me I See is designed to be used by educators, counselors, and therapists as a tool to help adolescents express themselves, reflect on their thoughts, feelings, and motivations, and explore the issues that shape their lives.  The journaling exercises will help them learn about who they are as individuals.  The exercises will give them some insights to cope with the stressors of being an adolescent and to interact positively with the world around them.

Educators will find The Me I See useful for engaging students in all kinds of classroom situations—from exploring issues and topics in health class, social curriculum, and peer leadership programs to English or Civics class.  Therapists will find this tool valuable for helping adolescent clients work through their thoughts and emotions as they explore the cathartic aspect of journaling.  The Me I See can also be the perfect supplement to group therapy sessions by providing opportunities for adolescents to engage in structured time alone, to reflect and process.  This time away from the group balances and supports the group process.  Individuals can reflect on topics that might not have come up during group discussion and explore thoughts they might not verbalize in a group setting.

Reviews

“It would not be an overstatement to say that this book has blown me away. I wish someone had handed it to me when I started my first job in 1988. You hit every single note right: conceptual framework, adolescent development, implementation. It is succinct, yet maps out all the currents we need to be cognizant of when working effectively with teens, and then gives us the boat and the oars. I love your introduction, highlighting the importance of insight and emphasizing accepting responsibility for our own learning and applying it to future situations.”
Lisa Towne, MA, CAS School Psychologist, Greenwich, NY

“In a world that often leaves too little time for reflection, The Me I See is a sensitive, gentle, fresh-air invitation to guided introspection. By providing opportunities to reflect on the past, anchor the present, and record hopes and dreams for the future, this journal opens the door for a writer to engage in a monologue with him/herself, holding a promise of insight leading to personal development. I wish this journal had existed for my teenage years!”
Marj Burgess, LPC, Founder of The Center for Creativity in Living, Gardiner, ME

“The Me I See does a remarkable job of prompting adolescents to really think about their lives, values and choices and lends itself to a diverse spectrum of teens ranging from church groups, to classrooms, and to therapeutic settings. It is definitely a resource that I will keep within easy reach.”
Joshua Meyer, MS, LCPC, Bozeman, MT

“The Me I See is a valuable resource to any educator who wants to create resonance in the material they teach, to guide students to a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them, or to show the value of writing in any educational setting.”
Leslie Rapparlie, MS in Experiential Education, Author of “How Do We Learn? An Exploration into John Dewey’s Pattern of Inquiry” in Teaching Adventure Education: Theory and Best Practices, Philadelphia, PN

“The Me I See is a powerful resource to encourage self-reflection. It is very user friendly, making it an enjoyable read. The prompts are excellent, and extremely relative to the daily lives of teens. The facilitation notes include helpful, teacher-directed activities and give specific guidance and suggestions on the presentation of the material while allowing for creativity to be applied in a variety of content areas. I am definitely going to use these prompts as part of my journaling assignments. I look forward to sharing The Me I See with colleagues.”
Donna Richter BS/MA, Physical Education Teacher/Department Coordinator, Ropes Course Facilitator, Middleton High School, Middleton, WI

"Among the many books on journaling for teens, The Me I See stands out in content for the users. The facilitation notes are what makes it truly unique and exceptionally useful. Clear insight into the issues around journaling with teens, the techniques that make journaling successful, and the depth and breadth of expertise shared through the facilitator notes makes this publication a valuable asset to all educators."
Carol Carlin, Adjunct Professor of Journaling

Excerpt from the Book

Things for the Journal Writer to Consider

Everyone has a story. Our life stories help us understand where we are now and help lead us to the paths we might choose in the future. This book is designed to be a place to tell your story by exploring your thoughts, emotions, views of the world around you, and future goals and dreams. Make this book work for you. As you answer the questions take your time, find a quiet space, and enjoy the process of focusing just on you and your thoughts. Be honest and true to yourself, your beliefs, opinions, and goals.

Challenge yourself to respond to the difficult prompts and go a little deeper on the topics you can answer easily. Recording your thoughts and reflecting on your experiences and what is important to you will help you tap into your own personal power and wisdom. It will help you understand and reinforce your strengths and identify areas you might need to work on. The practice of reflective writing will help you define and focus on what you want in life. Look at this as a gift to yourself—a lasting record of your personal growth and change.

Be creative in approaching these pages, and throw in some personality. Record your thoughts with words, drawings, pictures from magazines, photographs, or other artwork.

You are the author:
• If a prompt in The Me I See doesn’t fit you, change it to fit your life experiences.
• If you find a topic difficult to write about, give it some time and come back to it later. If you are still stuck, ask for some input from someone close to you.
• Make up your own prompts. There are blank pages in the back of the book for you to fill in any way that suits you.

Enjoy telling your story, revisiting your past, and exploring the places the future might take you….

Table of Contents

Facilitation Notes
Things for the Journal Writer to Consider
Chapter 1: The Me I See
personal insights, feelings, and motives
Chapter 2: Values
identifying, clarifying, and understanding beliefs
Chapter 3: Views
observations on the world around me
Chapter 4: Family
family history, development, experiences, and influences
Chapter 5: School
educational pursuits and experiences
Chapter 6: Social
relationships, peer interaction, and community
Chapter 7: Past
personal history and prior experiences
Chapter 8: Present
existing thoughts, feelings, and experiences
Chapter 9: Future
goals, hopes, plans, dreams, and possibilities
Chapter 10: Lists
brainstorming, considering all the possibilities, prioritizing, and reminders
Make It Personal—blank pages and more questions
Quote Prompts—inspirational words to spark reflective writing
Additional Prompts—by subject
Resources
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