1.3 – How Journals Help Teachers
Journals help teachers understand and respond to student thinking and identify gaps in their instruction. Teachers typically begin each TTP lesson by reading aloud several students’ journal reflections from the prior lesson. These reflections are strategically selected to highlight knowledge from the prior day’s lesson and mathematical practices the teacher is trying to build—such as writing mathematical expressions, reflecting on mistakes, or wondering.
In the first video below a teacher shares how and why she uses students’ journal reflections from the prior lesson to start each lesson. The second video provides an example of how this looks with students in the classroom.