As I read through slices from today, a memory from my past was triggered by a comment in Stacey’s slice that you can find below.
She included a quote about writing from the book, Becoming by Michelle Obama. Michelle said she got the writing habit from her husband, Barack because he kept journals over the years.
I remember being about 9 when I wrote in a homemade journal about my days at school. I folded the papers and slipped them under my mattress. Of course when it was time to change the sheets, my Mom found the papers and read what I had written. I was embarrased but continued to write in my journals throughout the years, similar to President Obama.
My purpose for journals evolved over time. As a teacher, I feld powerful when I could refer to my journal to support my instrutional choices. More recenly I’ve taught teachers to show their students how to keep a journal to demonstrate their learning. I’ve been using a modified Bullet Journal for several years. The idea was developed by Ryder Carrol. Read about it here:
I like having all the information in one place rather than keeping my information in several different spots. In my experience journals can provide a wealth of useful information. I don’t have any of my early journals, but I love spending a rainy afternoon perusing a 2 year old journal I might happen upon.