Joanne O’Neill

Primary Teacher

St. Michael's Primary

  • Assessment For Learning

What happens when learner diaries are introduced in the classroom?


In order to create meaningful learning experiences teachers must continuously reflect and evaluate their own teaching to ensure progress and improvement (Hattie, 2012). Throughout my probation year I have continuously reflected on my teaching to help myself develop and recognise my areas of strengths and weaknesses. I know myself that this has supported me greatly therefore for my practitioner enquiry I wanted to encourage my class to reflect on their own learning. Hartley (1998) encourages the use of learning diaries as a way to improve learning and studying. I introduced ‘learning diaries’ to my class to allow them the chance to write down their learning and reflect on what they have previously learned.


The aim of this enquiry is to identify the impact of using learning diaries as an aid to encourage pupils to reflect on their learning and inform their own next steps.

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