METHOD 17: Journal Writing
Having participants write down their reactions, opinions, and ideas before a discussion not only raises the level of discourse, but also provides them with a written record of their evolving ideas about human rights. Journal writing also reinforces the value of independent, critical thinking. For some participants a journal provides an outlet to express thoughts and emotions too personal to bring up for open discussion.
Provide enough time for journal writing (10 minutes minimum) at regular intervals (e.g., end of a discussion or activity);
Never require anyone to read from or show the journal;
If a participants chooses to read from a journal, no one should criticize the opinion expressed.
A Collective/Community Journal: Invite participants to contribute entries from their journals to a group journal, either reproduced and given to each participant or mounted on a group bulletin board. These may be anonymous.
Examples of Method:
The Human Rights Education Handbook: "Model 2: One-day Workshop," p. 120; "Model 3: Three-day Workshop," p. 121; "Model 5: Five-day
Workshop," p. 126.