Journal Writing as a powerful classroom tool.

Cognitive Activities in Journal Entries (things to put in your journals)

Observations: describing what is visible, summarizing, and interpreting details, or recalling key ideas

Questioning: formulating and recording personal doubts, academic queries, validity of information, and theory.

Speculation: free to wonder about the meaning of events, issues, facts, readings, interpretations, problems, and solutions.

Self-Awareness: become conscious about what they stand for and how they are different from others.

Digression: departs from the subject to connect to something that "comes to mind."

Synthesis: Organize ideas and find relations and connections between topics.

Example: Using Music to motivate students to engage in deep reflection while they write.

Journal: As you think about your education, what stands out for you with regard to you writing development?

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