How Journals Help Students
Reflective journals provide a place for students to work out and revise their thinking about a problem, record classmates’ ideas that provided new insights, summarize the lesson and reflect, at the end of each lesson, on how their thinking changed and what they learned.
Journals allow students to:
- Revisit what they learned in prior lessons
- See the growth in their own mathematical knowledge and practices
- Appreciate the value of classmates’ ideas
- Develop the habit of reflecting on how and why their thinking changed–so they become metacognitive.
Elements of a Journal Entry
A Japanese textbook example shows key elements of a journal entry, which are built gradually, beginning in kindergarten. The key elements in a journal entry are: