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Jordan Seagraves
Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:12

My students during my student teaching did something every Friday called Friday Journals. The students would write about anything they wanted to and to who they wanted to. It could be to mom, dad, or the teacher. They could tell you what they learned that week, what they were going to do on the weekend or ask you any questions they wanted. After the students wrote they were to let their parents read it and the parents had a chance to respond over the weekend. The students would then bring it back on Monday and the teacher would always have a chance to respond and should. I thought this was a great writing activity and it connected parents, teachers and students together.

  • writing instruction - Cynthia Trickel, Wed Jun 17 22:22
    There were many wonderful insights gained from this module. I really enjoyed the articles and videos and being able to see how different strategies were used. It was evident in the videos when there... more
    • Writing instruction response - luckadooso, Sat Jun 20 14:51
      I loved this idea in the module as well. I think that using the home to school journal is a great way for students to begin to generalize their learning across multiple settings. Having students... more
    • Reply to writing - Hunter Hastings, Fri Jun 19 08:24
      I definitely think that the use of journals is beneficial in more ways than one. My mom teaches a third grade classroom. One of the students struggles significantly. She often gets frustrated with... more
    • Re: writing instruction - Hillary Yarbrough , Thu Jun 18 14:43
      I also really like this. The take home journals would also be a really good way to get to know your students. Children with autism struggle with communication and this would be a good outlet for... more
    • Journal - Jordan Seagraves, Thu Jun 18 10:12
      • Re: Journal - Megan Rembert, Fri Jun 19 10:01
        I agree with the other replies that take home journals are great for communication with adults and communication skills in writing itself. I've also learned through my schooling that it's a great... more
      • re: journal - stacy huffman, Thu Jun 18 22:25
        I love the idea of the shared journal! And I agree that it is a good way to connect parents, teachers and students. I saw a video once in which a teacher used a journal as a way to communicate with a ... more
      • Re: dialogue journal - macdonaldke, Thu Jun 18 10:35
        This is a great idea and a way of communication between parents, teachers, and students! I remember learning that this helps all students, especially ELLs in particular because they can practice... more
        • journaling - koppenhaverd, Thu Jun 18 11:00
          Privacy issues seldom arise in a journal if students trust you and would be highly unlikely in ASD. Many students with ASD are not that self-aware or understanding of your perspective. I always let... more
          • Re - macdonaldke, Thu Jun 18 17:29
            Oh that is one characteristic I did not know of, thank you for that information! I agree that teachers sometimes get an exclusive look into the lives of students that many others never see, and it's... more
    • Re: writing instruction - Angie Helton, Thu Jun 18 07:35
      The videos of Eric sticks out to me as well. It was so good to see him grow in his writing and communication abilities. Eric was very fortunate to have an assistant that was with him all the time and ... more
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