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KWL- Approach

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I really like how you are using KWL charts, where students are focusing on your objectives. That students report "loving" these journals is a sign that you have made this task meaningful. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this. I'm going to share your post with me English Education students tomorrow!

Students Love to Journal

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At the end of the school year, I have students complete an essay explaining things they loved doing in class and things they would like to have omitted from the curriculum. Almost all students commented how much they love to journal. In my junior high social studies course, students are required to make a journal entry each day pertaining to the daily objective (like a KWL chart). Students are to explain first what they already know about the objective and at the end of the lesson they are to write about what they learned and what they would like to learn more about. I use these not only to guide my instruction that day but to also mention what they learned. One of the biggest problems is the time it takes to “correct” or review these entries. It was nice to see that others struggle with this same issue. I like the ideas mentioned on how the students can star certain entries that they think are the most reflective. It is a great idea to have students take part in the process.

Journaling is also Key to Social Emotional connection

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As the author of an SEL curriculum entitled 8 to Great, I require (strongly suggest) weekly journaling for the Student-Teacher emotional connection. We have all heard that students don't care what we know until they know that we care. Our 1,000+ trainers ALL agree that once they got over their initial "more work?" resistance to reading student journals, it became one of their favorite times of the week. Our guidelines are simple: 2-3 minutes of journaling 1-2 times per week. This avoids the 5-page version of the Jesse and Josie breakup and simply helps the teacher know there was one. I had a student email me to say that he decided not to join the gang for two reasons: 8 to Great and his teacher's comments in his journal. Our entries are completely free form with no prompting, no grading and no advice. We often use a happy or sad face to let a student know we read the entry, but because we're empowering these 6-12 graders to deal with their own issues using our processes, we never give advice. Journaling has become a cornerstone of 8 to Great's success and I am very grateful for any teacher who uses it.

Potential Business & Information Technology Teacher w/Licensure

I sincerely hope that the

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I sincerely hope that the above blog has helped with the importance of student journaling. Also, I wanted to acknowledge that while pursuing a Master's in Education, I found by acquiring Paula Rutherford's book, "Instruction for all Students" and Wong and Wong's book, "The First Days of School" helped me to not only develop and utilize what I had learned right away as a Substitute teacher, but as a future potential teacher will further provide excellence for student acquisition.

Potential Business & Information Technology Teacher w/Licensure

As a potential Business

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As a potential Business Instructor, while pursuing a Master's in Education, I have found that the importance for students to journal helps in the overall scope of their learning.

The 3-2-1 Learning/Reflective Log or Journal is an excellent tool developed to promote student individual depth of knowledge not only to be aware of his/her own thought processes beyond just a basic knowing, but is a mehodology for students to acquire an in-depth knowledge about content/subject matter.

Most importantly, this Learning/Reflective Log/Journal method in it’s content formation will also allow students thinking skills to be utilized on paper which provides a formative assessment for the instructor.

The 3-2-1 journal and assessment begins where students will individually write three key ideas they have learned from the lesson, two aspects of the lesson they want to know more about and one question they still have about the lesson.

The 3-2-1 Journaling helps teachers to review student differention and abilities to help organize their learning experiences through the Multiple Intelligences. It aides in having a more collaborative classroom, while engaging students in interactive teaching with Direct Instruction and assists students to master more complex materials no matter what grade level. The 3-2-1 journaling tool also doubles as an Exit Ticket.

In addition, this tool is effective in teaching basic skills to young and at risk students during direct instruction and in helping older and higher ability students to master more complex materials and aides to develop independent study skills.

If you are interested in a format of the 2-3-1 Learning/Reflective Log/Journal, Paula Rutherford's book has an excellent print. (Rutherford, P. (2002), Instruction for all students, Alexandria: Just ASK Publications, Inc.).

Journal writing is very

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Journal writing is very important and must be incorporated within the classroom setting. My students write in their journals daily. I am able to gain knowledge regarding each student on an academic and personal level. I find that assessing journals are quite time consuming. I like the idea of creating a rubric to assess journals. I will definitely create one. Great idea!

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I think that journals are very important within the classroom environment. It allows you to gain knowledge regarding your students academically and personally. Journals are also a great way to improve and enhance writing skills. I like the idea of having a rubric to assess journals. Grading journals are very time consuming and I having a rubric will eliminate some of that.

Social Studies

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Writing journals helps my students take ownership of the subject matter. I also grade based on the students ability to connect one or more historic themes or concepts when writing. The connecting multiple themes helps to turn the formal assessment into a summative activity. Honestly, one of the benefits that I didn't plan was that the journals have helped prep students for classroom discussion.

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This seems like a great idea. My school use to do this 3 days a week in P.E. and it was great. The kids were getting better writing and expanding their thinking.

I've always felt the

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I've always felt the importance of incorporating aesthetics such as music into the learning process, so I appreciate the little footnote of classic albums which can assist in this matter. Journal writing should definitely not be removed from the curriculum because it provides what may be the only time that students have to reflect deeply upon their actions and critically process their experiences. The idea of having students grade their own journals can be very positive as well, becaue it can help them develop objectivity and honesty in assessing their points of progress and those areas where they can surely improve. Journal writing is valuable in that it provides a means of monitoring the inner life over the course of a year and maintains an autobiographical account of one's life.

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