Edited by Nancy Rubin on 5/29/2011 at 4:09 PM, EDT.
Reflective journals are used by learners to document the progress of learning. Students can keep reflective journals for any course they take or to manage their own personal learning. Reflecting on thoughts, ideas, feelings, and learning encourages the development of critical thinking skills by helping students self-evaluate and sort what they know from what they don't know. The process of examining one's own thoughts and feelings is particularly helpful for students who are learning new concepts or beginning to grapple with complex issues that go beyond right and wrong answers.