Interactive Reflective Logsby: Cynthia Minchew Deaton, Benjamin E. Deaton, and Katina Leland

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The authors created an interactive reflective log (IRL) to provide teachers with an opportunity to use a journal approach to record, evaluate, and communicate student understanding of science concepts. Unlike a traditional journal, the IRL incorporates prompts to encourage students to discuss their understanding of science content and science processes and to reflect on their science activities.

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  • on Mon May 02, 2011 11:48 PM

This article outlines a strategies for students to reflect on their own and each other's work in a safe environment. I think student understanding of science process and science concepts would benefit from this type of reflective piece built into the notebooking process.

Kate  (Louisville, CO)
Kate (Louisville, CO)

  • on Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:05 AM

This article appears to be written for an audience of language arts teachers, not science teachers. There are no studies listed to support the argument for IRLs. In contrast, here is an study with several: The authors provide a cursory introduction to interactive journal writing.

Therese H  (Salisbury, MD)
Therese H (Salisbury, MD)

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