Journaling allows students to reflect on their thinking and feelings, process their learning, and connect new information to what they know. As a more informal form of expression, journals can be safe spaces for students to make their learning visible and to share their difficulties, questions, and emotions about a topic.
Watch how this middle school teacher uses journals to support students' reflection on their participation. By allowing students time to journal their responses to different prompts first, students are able to reflect on their own participation and share this in a way that supports Metacognition. The teacher also discusses the importance of making students who may be shy feel safe and recognized through journaling, thus improving students Motivation to participate in class.
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Starting at 11:29, watch how Seesaw uses a journaling format to help students record their learning. Students can record their learning and reflection in multimedia formats such as pictures, videos, and audio clips. They can also use recommended Vocabulary and templates to help them develop their Disciplinary Literacy in science. Similarly, bringing in new relatable formats such as "selfie science" creates the incentives and Motivation for students to engage in what they are learning outside of the classroom.
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