Grading Classroom Journals
Stevens, D. D., & Cooper, J. E. (2009). Journal keeping: How to use reflective writing for learning, teaching, professional insight, and positive change. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.
Chapter 6: Grading Classroom Journal Writing
· The Role of Feedback in Fostering Classroom Journal Writing
o "Intentionally or unintentionally, instructors make feedback decisions as they design the course, talk about the requirements, and interact with students during the semester or term (p. 112)."
§ "Feedback comes as the consequence of some type of performance and often can be seen as another form of instruction (p. 112)."
o Why Give Feedback
§ Feedback is useful to students.
§ Feedback supports learning.
· Ways to Give Feedback
o Provide Feedback Using Preset Criteria
§ Criteria Check-Off Lists
§ Holistic Criteria
§ Criteria for Types of Reflection
o Write an Individual Response to Each Journal
o Grade for Completion, Not Quality
· Handling the Volume of Student Journals
· Privacy and the Ethics of Reading Student Journal Writing
o "The journal is generally considered a place for private musings; for exploration; and for honest, authentic responses to the world outside and within (p. 124)."
o "Feedback is important because students respond to feedback and it helps them to develop reflective thinking and writing practices (p. 126)."