I was just on a podcast with Brook and Baker and said I’d share my digital journal in the forum, so here it is! I use the journal for a few different reasons:
- Students come in to class and know what they have to do get started/get their mind back on the topic.
- Students practice writing using academic vocabulary/sentence structures for the PTs.
- It gives me a view of what the students are up to because I can check on a (somewhat) random set of journals every few days to make sure they understand content.
The template I made and shared with my students (via doctopus) is available here.
If you’re intersted in my journal questions, feel free to check out my slides for each lesson.
Each unit, students start a new journal document (mostly because it makes grading easier in my LMS, but I think it would probably be more useful to have the journal run throughout the whole school year).