ERIC Number: ED229363
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Using a Journal to Develop Reflection and Evaluation Options in the Classroom.
Janesick, Valerie J.
Teachers can develop reflection and evaluation options by keeping a classroom journal. A classroom journal is a record of the teacher's experience within the classroom itself, as well as experience outside the classroom which bears on classroom life. As an observor of one's own actions and reactions to classroom incidents, the teacher opens the possibilities of reflection and redirection of teaching behaviors based on a systematic and continuous written record. Two suggested organizing principles and sections of a classroom journal are: (1) positive elements in the classroom; and (2) frustrating elements in the classroom. There are numerous historical precedents for journal writing. By keeping a journal, the teacher may view himself as the one best resource for a particular activity at a particular time. Keeping a journal is an attempt to make teachers reflect on their experience and give it meaning. (JM)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Observation Techniques, Diaries, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Self Actualization, Self Concept, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Response, Teaching Experience, Writing (Composition)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Teacher Journals
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, 1983).