I like journaling. I think it can be a really powerful and important tool for students. It teaches them the power of words and writing, and it gives them a voice they may not have known they had. I also understand that free writing can be difficult for students, can get them off task or off topic, or simply might lead to results you never wanted. That’ where journal prompts enter the picture.
Here are a few things that are great about journal prompts:
- They give students something specific to write about.
- They allow you, the teacher, to control the conversation.
- They can lead to really great discussion.
- They’re a great entryway into class and what the lesson will be about.
Chances are, I could ramble on and on about why using journal prompts in your classroom is a good idea. I could certainly expand upon each of the prompts I just mentioned. But sometimes brief is the best way to go, the way to get the point best across.