Unit 3: What is a Reflective Learning Journal?

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Bullet yellow.png LEARNING OBJECTIVE

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.

Bullet yellow.png LEARNING ACTIVITY

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.


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.

24 book red open.png Reflective Teaching Cycle: The ARRIVE Model

Bullet yellow alt.png ASSESS: The teacher assesses students' learning and their own teaching.

Bullet yellow alt.png RESEARCH: The teacher is knowledgeable about research methods to determine students' learning needs.

Bullet yellow alt.png REFLECT: The teacher thinks about what is useful in the classroom.

Bullet yellow alt.png INNOVATE: The teacher thinks about how to make changes to any instructions based on the their research.

Bullet yellow alt.png EVALUATE: The teacher evaluates her work using an SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats).

24 book red open.png Purposes of Using Journaling

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.

24 book red open.png Journal Frequency & Format

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.

Instructional Journals

Book phones.pngThere are many types of journals to meet student learning needs.


Book phones.pngRubrics are used to assess the quality of reflection in student journals.


Link to the Discussion tab at the top left hand side of the page to participate in the learning activities.

Bullet yellow alt.png ACTIVITY #3:

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?

Bullet yellow alt.png ACTIVITY #4:

Design a basic Rubric for assessing and evaluating a student reflective journal.


Bullet yellow alt.png In Unit 3, the course facilitator provides ongoing support and feedback for educators' questions.

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.


Go back to: Understanding Reflection: Using the Reflective Learning Journal


Unit 1: What is Reflection?

Unit 2: What is Gibb's Cycle of Reflection?

Move on to: Instructional Journals

Move on to: Rubrics

Move on to: Post-Assessment

References and Web Sources