Developing Metacognitive Skills Through Reflective Journaling in Science and Math Classes

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Leaders: Kelly O’Shea and Chris Vicevich

We want our students to do more than just apply a set of procedures. How do they develop the skills to be able to identify and solve new problems? Journal writing can help. Writing about one’s process makes reflection an explicit activity, gives students a chance to revisit a problem they found especially challenging, and opens a different avenue for feedback and conversation.

In this workshop, we look to share the experience of reflective journaling by using problems accessible (yet challenging!) to science and math teachers. Participants will first interact with a set of problems, work in small groups, and practice some whiteboarding discourse. Then, everyone will get the chance to write their own journals as they reflect on their process and experience with one of the problems. We will share the journals that we write in the workshop and see journals written by students in high school math and physics classes.