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Are you looking for a way to incorporate journaling into your classroom and group activities or give your current journaling practices a revamp but aren’t sure what that could look like? We are diving into all things journaling today! I have a special guest who is here to share some of her great tips and insight on journaling.

Megan Polk of The Literacy Dive is here to share with us how she has used journals in her classroom. She gives us tips for journaling and talks about the benefits that come along with journaling for students. She explains how to use journaling for both academics and as a safe space to get personal things out for students so they are better able to focus. Megan also spills how she gets students who don’t want to write, excited about journal time. Good news - It’s easy to implement! You don’t want to miss her insight on the best time to journal, illustrating during journal time, different prompts, honoring student privacy, and how to improve journaling with your students! 

Megan is a literacy specialist and uses best practices and innovation to meet and reach students where they are. Megan is the content creator behind The Literacy Dive where she creates reading and writing resources that are creative, rigorous, and comprehensive. These resources have helped assist upper elementary teachers who share similar challenges and have the same mission: to close the gap, to increase student confidence and achievement, and to develop students who will expand their true love for literacy.

You still have time to sign up for the Impact Summer Summit that is FREE for IMPACT members. If you are not a member of the IMPACT Membership, you can sign up here. I’d love to see you there soon!

Some topics covered in this episode are:

  • Overview of the IMPACT Summer Summit

  • Journaling as documentation of certain timeframes

  • Tips to make journaling special for students

  • How counselors can improve the journaling they are doing with students

  • Using journaling for daily reflection, acknowledging feelings, and conflict resolution

  • How to respect the student’s journal as their personal space

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More About School Counseling Simplified:

School Counseling Simplified is a podcast offering easy to implement strategies for busy school counselors. The host, Rachel Davis from Bright Futures Counseling, shares tips and tricks she has learned from her years of experience as a school counselor both in the US and at an international school in Costa Rica.

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