One piece of advice – don’t get too comfortable. Hate to break it to you but the second think things are going well and you think you can just take a break – sit back with your cup of coffee and relax – it’s time to up the ante. My students were getting a little too independent with their daily journal pages. They were done way too quick and you know what too much downtime means – that means problem behaviors. We need to remember to be continuously challenging our students. I think so often teachers and therapist are worried that they will push their kids over the edge and challenge them too much which could cause frustration or problem behaviors. But you know what – you’re going to need to push them. Be rigorous. This is where the real skill building actually comes from.
Our new journal page added a few new additions. My students do this daily journal page within their independent morning routine.
- Daily Goal: I’m really excited about this! Each student picks something behaviorally they specifically want to work on that day.
- Vocabulary Sentence: Each student will create their own sentence using one of our weekly vocabulary words.
- Daily Grammar: A daily grammar problem or prompt.
- Question of the Day in Complete Sentences: Now all daily questions need to be answered in complete sentences. Tricky!!
Check out some pics:
I also create a rubric to incorporate more grading and self assessment into our curriculum:
Download for FREE here: Advanced Daily Journal Page and promise to continuously challenge your kiddos!
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