G. Reflective Journal


The teaching journal is an essential component of your development as an authentic, reflective art educator. 

Journals are ongoing records of practices and reflections on those practices and these written reflections constitute what Beittel (1973) referred to as “first-person singular narratives.” When we tell a story we are recovering an important event in our experience. It is when we ask ourselves the meaning of a story, and tell it in narrative, that we reconstruct the meaning recovered in the story. The journal provides a way for the beginning teacher to see that there is a sense of cumulative growth in your understanding of your development as a teacher.


Journal entries should include the following:

1. Relate this event to theory, research and readings. What is your interpretation of these events based on current class readings and discussions.? What worked well for this art experience? Why?   Consider your preparation and teaching.
2. Consider the meaning your teaching experience has for you as an individual. What does this experience mean to you personally? What didn’t work well for this art experience? Why?  Consider your preparation and teaching.
3. Relate your interpretation of the meaning of your teaching as it pertains to your education as a future art teacher. How will you configure or reconfigure your future actions as an art teacher as a result of this experience? What would you do differently? Why?  Consider your preparation and teaching.

These responses will be the final part of your lesson plans. You will need to “add” them to the lesson plan after you’ve completed teaching your lesson. Keep them in a file on your computer. You will need to refer to them for your Teacher Work Sample and post them on Canvas.

Please make sure you identify each entry with:


CLASS: #1, #2, #3, etc.