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1 Interactive Journals My Journal

2 Key Ideas  Interactive journaling will make a difference!  Students are actively engaged in thinking and communicating. ownership  Students feel “ownership” because they are creating meaningful knowledge for themselves. My Journal

3 What are Interactive Journals?  A student thinking tool.  An organizer for inquiry questions and what I learned.  A way to access and process the learning utilizing various modalities (writing, drawing, and discussion).  A place for reorganizing new information in a creative format.  A formative assessment tool for teachers. My Journal

4 How are Interactive Journals different from other journals?  Interactive Journals have a “left-side, right- side” orientation to help students record, organize, and process new information. This takes advantage of the way each hemisphere of the brain works!  Interactive Journals are not used just as a storehouse of information. The students are expected to continually reflect and show evidence of this reflection through “left hand” assignments.

5 Why Use Interactive Journals?  Improve organization skills  Improve critical thinking skills  Express understanding creatively  Record data  Study for tests  Record progress  Communication My Journal

6 Impact of Interactive Journals on Student Achievement Research shows that student understanding and literacy skills improve when students do hands-on/minds-on activities and use journals to make sense of their learning.

7 Today you will create your Interactive Journal to record information during our class. This journal will be graded every 2 weeks. My Journal

8 Journal Supplies scissors colored pencils or crayons Pencils & highlighters Notebook Glue or glue stick

9 Why composition books work well  The paper is sturdy and people are less likely to rip out pages.  No wires to get tangled when you stack them.  Very cheap  Easy to organize

10 Right Side? Left Side? What Goes Where? Left Side Student Output Can use some color  Graphic organizers  Anticipation Guides  Drawings  Responses to questions from the textbook  Responses to questions from video clips  Responses to math problems  Reflections  Exit Slip responses Right Side Teacher Input/Content Pencil/Blue or Black Ink  Notes from the board  Notes from the textbook  Notes from video clips  Vocabulary flip-flap charts  Steps for Solving Math problems  Interactive-technology write- ups  Anchor Charts  Reference Sheets

11 “A Bit More On The Left” Getting Students to Think About Their Learning REFLECTIONS  Use Guiding Prompts: What are you curious about? What would you like to test? What are the important details to remember? How does this relate to your life? What don’t you understand? My Journal

12 For younger students consider..  Creating a class journal to model the process of journaling using a Big Book or a chart tablet.  Students contribute by finding pictures and telling you what to record.  Blank big books are available at for $1.39 each

13 Getting started - Step 1: My Name My Grade On the cover, write your name and grade/period. You can also draw or paste a picture of something that reminds you of math/science. *Creative Suggestion: Take a picture of each student wearing a lab coat and goggles and paste to the front cover!

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19 Step 2:  Glue the “Rules Page” to the inside cover of your notebook. Inside Cover of Notebook

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21 Step 4: Staple several copies of the Table of Contents printout to the first page. Table of Contents

22 Step 3:  Number the first 50 pages. Numbers should be small and at the top outside corner of every page. 2 1

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25 Step 4: Staple the Student Data Chat Sheet to the Back Inside Cover. Add additional sheets on top each time a data chat occurs. Back Inside Cover of Notebook *Suggestion: Have students analyze their data by drawing graphs on the left side of their journals during your data chats.

26 What about labs? Labs go in your notebooks too! Glue the template right onto the page and fold the edges over.

27 What about vocabulary?  Interactive journals are a great place to do vocabulary work.  Students store all vocabulary in their journals using foldables.

28 Vocabulary Foldable  Fold the paper on the right side of the journal in half vertically (hotdog style)  Use scissors to cut the folded half into parts. Make one flap for each word.  Write the vocabulary word on the top of the folded flap.  Write the definition on the inside of the flap.  Draw a picture and/or write a sentence using the word on the back of the flap.

29 How do we use our Interactive Journals to Improve Reading Comprehension?  Minimize student copying from board or text by providing photo copies of passages to glue on the right side of journals. highlighting  Model how to read the passage while highlighting, underlining, and making notes as the students follow along.

30 Why do we need a Journal Rubric?  The use of a rubric is necessary to define standards of detail or thoroughness.  When a rubric is well defined, learners know exactly what is expected of them and how they may achieve a top grade.

31 Science Journal Rubric *Note: Journals should be checked and assigned a grade at the end of each unit. It is suggested that the Journal be 20% of the total grade.

32 Math Journal Rubric *Note: Journals should be checked and assigned a grade at the end of each unit. It is suggested that the Journal be 20% of the total grade.

33 MY JOURNAL GRADES DATESCORE Record the Scores on the Journal Rules Page

34 Don’t forget… Descriptive Written Feedback  Write Descriptive Feedback in the Interactive Journals every time you review them.  Descriptive Written Feedback gives specific information students can use and asks the student what to do to move their reasoning to the next level.

35 How do I give effective Descriptive Feedback? Consider the following questions as you reflect on your current feedback practices:  Do you give clear, concise feedback related to the learning goals?  Do you identify what was done well, and what needs improvement?  Does your feedback include how they can improve?  Are your students expected to act on your feedback?  Do you follow up on the feedback?

36 Work Folders vs. Journals Science What goes in my Science Student Work Folder?What goes in my Science Journal? Essential Labs Instruction page with assigned gradeCompleted Lab Templates Science Journal Rubrics with assigned grade Science Journal “Rules Page” (attached to inside front cover) Graded tests and quizzesTable of Contents page (attached to first page) Graded projectsStudent Data Chat Form (attached to inside back cover) Select bellwork, classwork & homeworkGraphic organizers and foldables Gizmo write-ups

37 Work Folders vs. Journals Math What goes in my Math Work Folder?What goes in my Math Journal? Math Journal Rubrics with assigned gradeMath Journal “Rules Page” (attached to inside front cover) Graded tests and quizzesTable of Contents page (attached to first page) Graded projectsStudent Data Chat Forms (attached to inside back cover) Select bellwork, classwork & homeworkGraphic organizers and foldables Gizmo write-ups

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42 OUTPUT (your interpretation) INPUT (notes from teacher) Example page:

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45 Graphic Organizers  Help organize thoughts.  Assist with answering open response questions.

46 Venn Diagram

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51 Let’s Practice a…. Left Hand assignment  Turn to your Table of Contents and record your first assignment as Interactive Journal Graphic Organizer. Make sure you record the date, title, and correct page number!  Create a graphic organizer to record the advantages and disadvantages to using a composition notebook for your Interactive Journal. At the bottom of the page, jot down some ideas you are already wanting to remember for when you implement this.

52 We Are READY! My Journal


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