Engage students in self-assessment and reflection with the use of a Thinking Log. After students have had the chance to tackle a new concept or strategy together in class, provide them with a few quiet minutes to write about their learning in a journal. This Thinking Log can be enhanced by the use of sentence stems: fill-in-the-blank sentences to help students express their thoughts about their learning. The process of first talking about a concept and then writing and reflecting on it is especially helpful for English Language Learners as they develop speaking and writing skills. See students engaged in this process in the video ahead!
Why is it important for students to talk it out before writing in their journals?