Journaling Across the Curriculum

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  1. 1. Journaling across the Curriculum Science Best Practices
  2. 2. Journaling Across the Curriculum: Why journal? Research has shown that the regular habit of journal writing can deepen students thinking about their course subjects by helping them to see that an academic field is an arena for wonder, inquiry, and controversy rather than simply a new body of information. John C. Bean Student-created learning resource Allows students to take control of their learning; individualizes learning We remember what we write down
  3. 3. Integrating Journaling, Collaboration, and Technology in Science Transforming notes and information into Thinking Maps Foldables and student-created Graphic Organizers Web Quests Research Reflections and Conclusions Drawings and 2-D models Qualitative and Quantitative Data Collection Integration of Depth and Complexity
  4. 4. Tips, Tools, and ExpectationsTips Set consistent procedures for journaling Use both side of page Implement a checkout system Include warm-ups in a systematic way Store in bins by class period Tools Supplies at each station or lab table (staplers, glue, tape) Duct Tape for binding journals Tabs for separating units Expectations Self, teacher, peer commentary Students use daily Evidence of critical writing and higher level questioning/thinking Anticipation guides with self-assessment Student ownership