5 reasons to keep a teaching journal

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Since I started my M.A. last autumn I’ve been keeping a journal in various forms.

For the last month or so this has become a notebook in which I write a few thoughts, often questions actually, EVERY EVENING, except Saturday – my official day off.

At first I did it to impress my tutor, and because I’m a good student, but it’s grown on me and here are some of the reasons why;

1. It’s the sink cleaning of the brain – just as washing up and tidying the kitchen wouldn’t be complete without a quick swill round the sink with a sponge, my teacher brain needs emptying into my notebook before I can settle down in guilt-free mode to my other life, superhero, or slouching on the sofa, who cares? What does count is this conclusion to the working day.

2. Ask a question – Jarvis (1996) called it…

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