What is a Journal?
A place to practice personal expressive writing; an individual record of educational experience; a writing workshop; a technique to reflect upon experience to give it deeper meaning.
(“I”-subjective) (“I/it”) (“it”-Objective)
What should I write about?
--How what you are learning is useful in your life.
--Questions to other students who will be reading your thread postings and may be able to answer your questions.
--Personal reactions to readings, class, writings, students, or UVM.
--Explorations of ideas, theories, concepts, problems, paper topics
--Reviews of articles, movies, books, CD’s, DVD’s
--Descriptions of events, places, people, objects in relation to what you have been learning at UVM.
--Records of your thought, feelings, moods, experiences
--whatever you want to explore or share with your fellow students, TAs, and professor.
--hurtful thoughts or strong negative criticism of others in our class are not welcome
--whining or excessive complaining about this or any other UVM course is not appropriate
--do not write about drinking, drugs, or sex.
When should I write?
--at least once a week
--early in the morning, late at night before bedtime
--when you need to study, have problems to solve, decisions to make, the need for clarity out of confusion
--when you need to practice or try something out
How should I write?
--don’t worry about formal language conventions
--take risks and explore your own voice
--freely, expressively, openly
How do you measure Quality in Journals?
TA’s will review your journal, looking for:
1. Language Features: personal, conversational, informal, emotional,
2. Cognitive Activity: critical thinking, observation, speculation, confirmation, doubt, questioning, self-awareness, connection, digression, dialogue, information, revision, problem posing and solving.
3. Formal Features: frequency of entries, length of entries, responses to other thread postings (demonstrating you are reading other postings), chronology.