About a month ago, I blogged about a New Class Model that involved direct instruction and student learning journals. I decided to table it due to the lack creative projects in the model. It was essentially lecture and writing--not the favorite activities of most adolescents and DEFINITELY not the type of intriguing progressive classroom I advocate for. However, my interest in a new system for grading has brought this idea back to the front burner. In addition, I watch a video by Alan November about technology integration and how most of us are getting it wrong, or at least using it as a substitution for traditional methods. He really stressed meta-cognition and I think the learning journals area good way of encouraging students to think about their thinking and learning.
shared Journal in Google Docs. They are going to make 3 journal entries each week--2 that reflect on the current week/day and 1 that reflects on the year/semester. I told them if they completed this, they would get to choose their grade by the end of the year. I gave them some "thinking questions" to help them think, but I also plan on inserting comments on what they write to give them feedback and help them develop their reflective skills. Can't wait to see how this goes!