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Keeping a science journal

At the commencement of the unit of work provide students with a dedicated workbook. It might be an exercise or notebook, either commercial or teacher collated, or in an electronic format. Use a larger version to model expectations and to keep joint constructions as a class book. Students can refer to these entries as they complete their group and individual tasks.

Students use their journals to record their learning experiences, and reflections on what they are learning. Work produced by groups of students should be copied for all group members and pasted into the journal. Each entry should be dated so students can track their progress over time.

The journal is an assessment tool as it provides evidence of the development of student understanding and skills over time and indicates where misconceptions have occurred or areas that require additional support and further teaching. It is also useful for discussing the student’s progress with parents, caregivers and school authorities.