About once a week, Galarza will ask each class period to hand in their journals, staggering these on different days so she only has one class period per day to respond to.
She takes about an hour to respond to a single class set of journals, so if it’s a busy season, she may end up only collecting them every two weeks, rather than once a week.
After their first exchange about the Yankees, Galarza says the topic stayed with them for the rest of the year, and Nick ended up filling more pages than any other student that year.
Formative Assessment: Although the journals are not designed for this purpose, having students write regularly allows the teacher to spot errors or weaknesses that can inform teaching.
Because this journal is about building a relationship, Galarza doesn’t want to take away its appeal by assigning a grade to it.