Students write what is personal to them. The teacher does not comment unless solicited to do so by the student. Practice multiple times per week to facilitate writing habit among students.
The Power of a Personal Journal
Ways to Modify This Type:
- Dream journal
- Goal journal
- Gratitude journal
A format of journaling that facilitates dialogue between the teacher and student. Students can continue topics similar to personal journals, but in this format the teacher will respond to their entries. This format establishes purposeful, authentic conversation between the learner and reader.
- Suggest students mark entries they want your response on with a colored marker
- Respond to content only, not writing form.
- Concentrate on providing encouragement and positivity
Students make reflections, note new knowledge and ask questions they still have about learning after certain lessons throughout the day.
Useful as a formative tool for the teacher; learning reinforcement for the student.
Students keep notes that will assist them in following through with a specific procedure or particular task assigned to them.
Students choose one new word per day and try to use it as many times as they can in a journal entry.
Students respond to a particular text they are reading during class.
Students participate in purposeful, authentic conversation between each other via a write and respond format.
To scaffold journal writing, use this tool following implementation of dialogue journals, where the teacher can serve as a model of the write and respond format.
Tips For Implementing Journal Writing
- Experiment with what you call it (i.e. Writer's Notebook, etc.)
- Provide optional topics to stimulate thinking
- Model journal writing in the beginning
- Use as a formative tool for identifying common errors among students
- Make journal writing a part of your daily schedule
- Incorporate technology, such as online journals or blogs
- Instill student ownership by allowing students to decorate their journal covers and include illustrations in their entries
- Allow for 10 to 30 minutes of in-class time to complete journal writing
- Play music and provide visuals to enhance writing mood