Learning Journal

•Make an entry after each class. Notebook or computer.

•Think about what you have learned. What does it mean to you?
Do not write a chronology of the class.

•As you reflect you will begin to see how you are learning and how you connect your learnings to your life to
make sense to you.

Writing Learning Journal Entries :1.Purpose (#1): help you think more deeply about –

qWhat you are learning,

qWhat it means to you, and How it connects with your thoughts, life experiences, and/or the media

2.Purpose (#2): reflect and connect.

3.Purpose (#3): practice an ‘art-form’ that will add greater depth and enjoyment to your learning.

4.Purpose (#4): give powerful intellectual tools with critical thinking for success.

Basic Requirements for a Good Mark

•Have enough entries.2 to 5 are too few.Have more than 6.

•Length: 100 words to 1000. Your choice, depending on your interest.

•Use the pronoun “I” so I know you are ‘speaking.’ Think about what you are learning and what it means to you

•You may begin with what happened in class.Move onward in your writing to reflect on what this meant for you.

•One entry per class. Date each entry.

•Low marks (<12/20) for simply listing what happened in class.

Examples of Poor and good writing

We began the class with Dr. Howard telling us about the class.He then had trouble with the computer system.He asked us a question about cosmic dust.After that he talked about the models he brought to class.We listened to him tell us about nucleus and electrons and some of the forces. ……..

Class started with a problem of the computer working; Dr. Howard reflected that sometimes looking at the problem overall will offer a solution.I have begun to do this and it is surprising how many problems I can solve with this idea.Then he asked if we thought we were stardust.What a question! I talked with my group and we began to get an answer.We think we are stardust because we all came from the primal explosion. I had never considered this question.So I am thinking, what else haven’t I asked myself?………..

Final word on journals

•Journals are fun to write.

•They may have short entries but > 6 entries.

•Date each entry.

•They help you learn.

••Use reflection.

•Talk about how you connect your learnings to your life!

•Suggest ways you might apply your knowledge.

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