Daily writing in a relaxed format provides a great way for the students to be able to explore different thoughts, ideas and topics without being concerned about audience presentation. The ultimate purpose of journal writing is to be able to write freely about anything.
In fact, they need to be given ample opportunities to write because there is much value in writing every day. This is probably a great time that you can start off with the process. You may not notice the benefits immediately, but after the 21-day practice period, you’ll definitely feel the positive changes.
Helps to build confidence
Struggling writers absolutely must have opportunities to build their confidence in their writing skills. If they are assessed on every piece they write, they won’t want to take risks.
Teachers’ of the best school can present a mini-lesson on one specific skill before you begin your writing sessions, encourage the students to apply the skill, and then step back and allow them to try.
A better insight
Parents and teachers, especially in case of younger students can learn much about their development as writers. A journal is often the only place some children will reveal their thoughts, feelings and opinions about what really matters to them.
A safe heaven
Even non-writers can journal through drawing. Young students can illustrate their responses to prompts and try using labels to show what is happening. After drawing, a teacher can write down what the child
Growth in grammar
By going back and re-reading previous entries, students can begin to self-diagnose their writing skills. They tend to notice their own errors and begin applying new strategies and rules. The more this is done, the more of a habit it becomes.
Helps to deal with issues
Journal writing is cathartic, and often a student will write about something he or she would never say. Getting it on paper alone is very helpful, but for some issues it may be the only warning sign we get that a student needs help.
Practice writing to a prompt
In the age of accountability, it is critical that our students be able to write to a prompt. Daily writing lessons are the best way to increase this skill, and fun prompts can make it seem like it is not work at all.
Essentially learning should be fun. It opens the brain up to receive new information and retrieve stored information. Thus, what can be the best way to allow the students express themselves and make learning better in this difficult times, then start journaling?
It is easy, creative and a great catalyst for introspection for them.