•Make an entry after each class. Notebook or computer.
•Think about what you have learned. What does it mean to you? Do not write a chronology of the class.make sense to you.
Writing Learning Journal Entries :1.Purpose (#1): help you think more deeply about –
qWhat you are learning,
2.Purpose (#2): reflect and connect.
3.Purpose (#3): practice an ‘art-form’ that will add greater depth and enjoyment to your learning.
Basic Requirements for a Good Mark
•You may begin with what happened in class.Move onward in your writing to reflect on what this meant for you.
•Low marks (<12/20) for simply listing what happened in class.
Examples of Poor and good writing
We began the class with Dr. Howard telling us about the class.He then had trouble with the computer system.He asked us a question about cosmic dust.After that he talked about the models he brought to class.We listened to him tell us about nucleus and electrons and some of the forces. ……..
Class started with a problem of the computer working; Dr. Howard reflected that sometimes looking at the problem overall will offer a solution.I have begun to do this and it is surprising how many problems I can solve with this idea.Then he asked if we thought we were stardust.What a question! I talked with my group and we began to get an answer.We think we are stardust because we all came from the primal explosion. I had never considered this question.So I am thinking, what else haven’t I asked myself?………..
Final word on journals
•Journals are fun to write.•Date each entry.
•Talk about how you connect your learnings to your life!
•Suggest ways you might apply your knowledge.