Journaling is an effective way for students to record ongoing learning and questioning. It is also an effective tool for teachers to have a record of each student’s learning process in order to effectively guide the inquiry and determine where students are at in their understanding. Journals have the potential to tap deeper into students learning, they can include not only words but also be a great place to keep photos and drawings.
Helps to enhance reflection, facilitate critical thought, express feelings, and write focused arguments (Walker, 2006).
Journaling can also have immense benefits for students’ mental health. It can help students have a safe outlet to record and track feelings of anxiety or stress that arise throughout the learning process. As well it can help navigate through often difficult subject matter.