School success takes effort, commitment, determination and motivation on the part of students.
Setting goals and staying motivated are particularly important to a child’s school success, and journaling can help in this area of a child’s life. Wonderfully, journal writing may be used by students of any and all skill levels.
We all know that journaling can change lives as well as the mind. It can help heal, create, and even clear one’s brain from the clutter and stress of everyday life. This is also how and why journal writing can ensure a child’s school success.
Journaling for School Success | Staying Motivated
In order for a child to experience school success, motivation and accomplishment are essential experiences that must occur, and journaling is a great tool to help students keep motivated. This is helpful especially for students looking to commit themselves to a task or goal they seek to accomplish.
When a student is journaling for motivational purposes, they are able to make lists of things they want to do, things they need, the goal they truly seek, etc. Students should be encouraged to write about any dreams or goals that they wish to accomplish either within the year or near future. But a student’s journaling efforts do not have to be words alone. Journal entries may also include doodles, pictures, or collages that the child feels will help and motivate her to attract the thing she wants in her life.
Say for example that a student is looking to try out for the next play at school. She could start her journaling by writing a list of words that relate to her goal such as “actor”, “lead role”, “play”, “Romeo and Juliet”, and so forth. She could also cut and paste pictures of a stage, drama masks, costumes, pictures of favorite actors or actresses, the title of the play she plans to audition for, etc.
Journaling for School Success | Achieving Goals
It is also important to write out a plan of action aimed at helping the child to achieve her goal or dream. In the previous example of a student wanting to get into the school play, the child might know of some members of the drama club that she would like to interview. On the other hand, maybe the student is looking to take some acting classes or take a few speech classes at school to help gain confidence in speaking in front of others. Or, she might just want to take some courses in literature that emphasize the study of Shakespearean dramas, attend plays at a local or city theatre, or other similar ideas. The point is to decide upon goal-supportive activities and then to do them!
When taking action to support a goal, the student may want to take her journal along in order to write out her thoughts or take notes for future use. Doing so helps the student stay on track in reaching her goals and dreams. It will take some time and a little bit of effort, but once a student reaches her goals she will feel like she has done her job well, somewhat in part due to the journal she kept to help her stay focused on taking actions that support the achievement of her stated goals. There are, of course, endless ways students may support their goal(s) through action.
Benefits of Journaling for School Success
Writing in a journal to achieve goals and dreams can help inspire a child. Anytime a student seeks to accomplish specific goals, however, a few roadblocks will be encountered along the way. Roadblocks such as a failed attempt, a task gone wrong, or people who say that the child cannot accomplish her goals and dreams are examples of some issues students may face as they pursue their goals.
Journaling is especially helpful if a student is feeling frustrated about or dismayed by their progress toward achieving her goal. Writing in a journal about those feelings is very helpful. Often it is during these challenging times a journal becomes a student’s best friend and biggest fan because it serves as a wonderful sounding board for those difficult feelings. And because it’s her journal she can express her feelings in any way she wants without negative consequences.
These are just a few ways that students can use journal keeping to keep motivated, stay focused on their goals, and, in turn, support their overall school success.
Journal keeping will help a student to grow and pursue those passions they wish to pursue, and it doesn’t take much time or money to start one. Besides, once a student gets going, she will most likely find her journaling journey interesting. Even more exciting is that one day she can share with others how she reached the goals she wrote about in her journal, thereby helping to ensure her school success!