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Children share their learning experiences while using academic language in a meaningful way.
I appreciated the focus on transfer and connections. The transfer in taking learning in one setting to another. In student learning stories academic language makes learning visible and connected between home and school. A great way to use journals - so often they sit in boxes at school!
Wendi Laurence (Park City, UT)
If you are interested in having your students creating a science journal then this is the article for you! Students create a science journal with their teacher and bring it home to share with their families and have their families answer questions in the journal. Sharing their observations with other people helps the students in their academic growth. It is also important that in the journal academic writing is implemented in order to help advance their language. There are so many great ideas and references listed in the literature. Great article to read and I will be using this article for reference for my future classroom.
Stefanie Donnelly (Catonsville, MD)
“Establishing meaningful communication with families helps build the student-teacher-parent relationship. Journals
can be a useful tool to bridge school and home. A journal can communicate learning goals, develop scientific vocabulary,
and create dialogue through oral and written language.”
McGough does a wonderful job of providing examples of how a journal related to Science gives the students and parents an opportunity to share learning experiences as they occur in an authentic way. I particularly liked the story of the pop rocks and different soda. The author argues that academic language occurs in academic settings and unless given the opportunity to share in an academic manner, the language does not get developed. The pop rock investigation had the child excited enough to want to share the experience at home. This sharing helps support the student in their academic growth.
There are many rich ideas that can easily be modified to be used in my middle school Design and Engineering classroom. I look forward to implementing several in the next couple of months before school is out.
Sandy Gady (Renton, WA)
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