When I first implemented journal writing in my classroom, I found that my students had a difficult time generating ideas, thinking creativity and thinking “outside of the box.” After a frustrating year I decided to try a new approach. For the first part of the year, I gave my students Productive Thinking activities. Productive Thinking
activities help student to develop the ability/skill to think, generate ideas and see things from different perspectives. I found that after using Productive Thinking activities, my students’ free form journals, narrative and creative writing improved. If fact, some of the most amazing transformations were from my lowest preforming
students who simply seemed unable to think creatively at the beginning of the year.
The journal I’ve put together is meant to be a springboard to more advanced writing. It is important to model for your students and to celebrate their creativity. You to will be amazed at your
students’ creativity and what they are capable of doing.
If you like this product, consider my Rock Star Scholarly Behaviors packet.
Have a Rock Star year!
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