Journals are notebooks in which students record their thoughts on various topics. They are useful in the classroom if teachers have students write in them on a regular basis. They are not diaries in which students record the daily events of their lives. They are places where students can record thoughts and opinions. Many teachers use a journal writing activity to start the class. Others use journals to record student reflections on their own learning. Whatever the use, journals allow students to practice "thinking with a pencil," an activity that helps them become more critical thinkers.
Websites on Journals:
Instructional Strategies Online: What is Journal Writing?
Ideas for Journals
Education World: Journal Writing Every Day: Teachers Say It Really Works!
Can Teach: Journal Topics
Instructional Strategies Online: Journal Writing Prompts
Teachers.net: Journal Writing Ideas