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?
"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.
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.
Invented spelling. Invented spelling takes many forms but is related to the sounds the child hears in each word. At the beginning of this stage, children may write one letter to represent one word. Later, words are represented by two letters, the initial and ending letter sounds. As the child’s writing continues to mature, most sounds are represented in their invented spelling.
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.”