“We must regularly ask, not only “What are you learning?” but “How are you learning?” We must confront them with the effectiveness (more often ineffectiveness) of their approaches. We must offer alternatives and then challenge students to test the efficacy of those approaches. We can tell them the alternatives work better but they will be convinced if they discover that for themselves.”
Traditionally assessments are utilized to judge how much a student has learned. We utilize a number of different formative assessment tools to support learning during the learning process. Journal writing activities are one way we employ formative assessments. Our journals serve as practice for students to check their understanding along the way and to guide teacher decision making about future instruction.
Journals can take many forms; we utilize both dynamic free writing and prompt driven journals. The journal pages contained in this resource, are prompt driven and in the form of, metacognitive prompts. In short, the journal pages in this resource can be implemented to help develop a classroom culture grounded in metacognition.
The journal pages can be utilized throughout the school year and the student work should be preserved so that they can reflect on their progress, which will help them understand themselves as learners. If you choose, you can use the Journal Rubric we have created, or simply offer student-to-student, or teacher-to-student feedback sessions.
Journal Pages/Prompts Included in this resource:
1. Metacognition through Planning (Class Sessions)
2. Metacognition through Monitoring (Class Sessions)
3. Metacognition through Evaluating (Class Sessions)
4. Metacognition through Planning (Active-learning Task)
5. Metacognition through Monitoring (Active-learning Task)
6. Metacognition through Evaluating (Active-learning Task)
7. Metacognition through Planning (Assessment)
8. Metacognition through Monitoring (Assessment)
9. Metacognition through Evaluating (Assessment)
10. Metacognition through Planning (Overall Class)
11. Metacognition through Monitoring (Overall Class)
12. Metacognition through Evaluating (Overall Class)
13. Journal Rubric
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