Keeping a journal, research diary or practice log is a useful way to monitor our learning journey.
For some modules, this is a required part of learning. Building time into sessions to discuss the journal and make entries is a useful part of learning.
1. Students discuss the purpose of journaling. Consider the desired outcome for writing – to clear your mind? to create? or to mark progress through the learning journey?
2. Work with students to create the initial entries. You may wish to do an activity and write about it or show them examples of other journals
3. Make time in sessions for regular journaling. This models best practice of regular entries and helps towards assessment mastery if it is a marked piece of work
4. Ask students to read short extracts to each other – this helps to generate ideas, allows for feedback and acknowledges the learning journey students are on. You could run this like an Action Learning Set
Encourage students to be reflective and write how they feel, not just write facts. You can use the Reflective Model TLAs to help with this.
Large Group Teaching:
With large groups, you can first run this as a solo activity and then break into small groups where students read their entries to each other.
Students will have a record of their achievements and will be aware of the areas they need to work on and will be finding ways to achieve mastery of each skill.
Use the journal entries to analyse the learning journey. Encourage students to add other learning and experiences beyond the module and looks for links.
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