Reflective Journals

Reflective JournalsReflective journals as an assessment tool provide a way for students to keep a running record of what they are learning.  The journal is expected to be in the student’s own words as they reflect on the activities and assignments carried out.

StrengthsThis type of assessment does promote critical thinking skills.  Reflective journals provide an avenue for students to demonstrate their knowledge of the specified subject area, or topic as they keep thorough notes daily. Teachers should be able to observe deeper understanding of the topic as the notes progress.

WeaknessesStudents must be able to communicate effectively in writing.

Role of TechnologyStudents should have access to a word processing software program or power point program in order to present their journal electronically.