Unit 3: What is a Reflective Learning Journal?
Educators will understand the purpose of a reflective learning journal.
Educators will learn about reflective learning journal strategies for student learning.
Educators are provided with examples of reflective journals and rubrics useful for grading rubrics.
Educators describe reflective learning journal strategies.
Educators choose one strategy and explain how to use it.
Educators describe the basic components of a rubric.
Educators design a basic rubric and explain how to use it.
THE REFLECTIVE LEARNING JOURNAL
Reflective Journaling is one method to improve and enhance learning.
When learners arrive at school, the ARRIVE CYCLE begins. Reflective journaling can be used at any time during the ARRIVE CYCLE.
The reflection is shared solely between the teacher and student or in an open forum with other students either face-to-face or online.
1. Write about personal and school-related experience(s).
2. Facilitate learning, understanding of the learning process, and building upon prior learning.
3. Develop deeper quality learning using critical thinking to solve problems.
4. Increase the learner's ability to reflect by exploring the self, personal constructs and their view of the world.
5. Inspire reflective and creative group interactions.
1. The frequency can be daily, weekly, bi-monthly, monthly, at the beginning and/or end of a course.
* It will depend on many factors:
* the curriculum and the course and performance learning objectives,
* the time available, and students interest and motivation to use a journal.
2. The format can be oral, written, digital videos, online blogging, and social media to name a few.
3. The amount of writing can vary from a paragraph to several on-going pages.
4. It is presented in a an instrument for feedback from the teacher or peers.
LEARNING ACTIVITY PARTICIPATION
Link to the Discussion tab at the top left hand side of the page to participate in the learning activities.
Choose and describe a reflective learning journal strategy that you feel will be useful for student learning.
How will you use it with your students?
Design a basic Rubric for assessing and evaluating a student reflective journal.
Educators identify reflective journals and rubrics that they can use in their classrooms.
Liuoliene, A. & Metiuniene, R. (2009). Students' learning through reflective journaling. Santalka, 17(4), 1-5.
Walker, S.E. (2006). Journal writing as a teaching technique to promote reflection. Journal of Athletic Training, 41(2), 216-211.