Interactive Journals. Jessica Baird & Celenia Calderon Teaching & Learning Collaborative Antioch University 2004-2006. TLC Inquiry Project. Can we improve students’ oral and written language and explore students’ cultural background through interactive journals?.
Jessica Baird & Celenia Calderon
Teaching & Learning Collaborative
Antioch University 2004-2006
Can we improve students’ oral and written language and explore students’ cultural background through interactive journals?
And some literature on dialogue journals...
"A type of writing in which students make entries in a notebook on topics of their choice, to which the teacher responds, modeling effective language but not overtly correcting the student’s language" (O’Malley & Valdez-Pierce, 1996).
Our Initial Goals: Year 1
First, teachers model journal writing
And teach a short mini-lesson, for example on labeling pictures in the journal.
After a few weeks of working with the journals in class, the teachers held a workshop for parents to explain the purpose of the journals, and encourage parents to participate with their child’s journal project.
Parents had varying levels of education
Parents wanted students to work beyond their developmental level
Moats, Luisa (1997)
Random Letter Stage: As children become more aware of the alphabet, they often write the letters in long strings, usually at random.
Common spelling. The child begins writing more and more words spelled correctly.
“Very nice. Can you make it longer next time?”
“What a cute kid…..hehe.”
“It is working now. I really appreciate it. Much better! Thanks a lot!”
“Sorry for the late reply, but that was great.”