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Dialogue Journals

Dialogue Journals differ from regular Journals and Learning Logs in that they are designed for a written conversation between two or more students.  They should also include communication with the teacher.  The Dialogue Journal can be a notebook that is carried with the students or stored in the classroom.  Students write daily in elementary school and two or three times a week for older students.  Dialogue Journals help students build relationships with other students and with the teacher. They also become an informal method of instruction.  Studies show that students benefit from the writing practice and reluctant writers are often motivated by this type of activity.


Sample Dialogue Journal Entry

Tips on Using Dialogue Journals


Websites on Dialogue Journals:

ERIC Digest: Dialogue Journals

TeacherVision: Dialogue Journals




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