Clinical Practice I Journal Prompts

Clinical Practice I Journal Expectations and Prompts

Journaling has a critical role to play as you move through your clinical practice.   Journaling provides opportunities for you to reflect on the contextual factors of the school, and your understanding of the occurrences that you observe; it is not a repository for minute-to-minute recording of incidents.  Further, journaling promotes your ability to reflect on your experiences in and out of the P – 12 classroom, and to share your impressions of the events in which you engage with faculty who are entrusted with your guidance and supervision. 

Journal Expectations  

Timeliness: Teacher candidate submits weekly journal entries as requested without reminders.

Critical Thinking: Teacher candidate responds to journal prompts with substantial information demonstrating 1) application of knowledge, 2) connections between experience and content taught in preparation program.

Substantive Entry: Teacher candidate submits organized and logically sequenced journal and reflection responses.  The entry contains detailed information, connections and reflections of experience.

Writing: Teacher candidate communicates effectively in writing using correct grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Reflection:  Teacher candidate deeply reflects on his/her own practice with evidence of analysis, synthesis or evaluation. Provides detailed examples and makes connections between practice, research and theory.


1.  Use the weekly template, linked below, to respond to the journal and reflection writing prompt.
2.  Save (Save As) your journal entry in a location where you will be able to retrieve it for submission and reference. 
3.  E-mail your weekly journal entry as an attachment to your clinical supervisor.  Submit your journal entries as requested by your seminar instructor.
4.  Write your journal entry using academic language.  Proof read your work.


Do not use student, teacher or other staff names in any journal entry. The journal is used to build an understanding of community, school and classroom factors; and to provide an opportunity to reflect on your professional practice and observations.  It is not appropriate to pass judgement.

Each journal and reflection prompt supports candidates’ growth in the COE Competencies and edTPA and are tagged with the competency(s) and/or tasks to which they are aligned.


Clinical Practice I Journal Prompts


Week 1


Journal Prompt:  Provide a descriptive overview of your district, school, classroom, and curriculum. How does the environment support the learning that is taking place in the classroom? (C3, edTPA, Task 1)

NJ School Performance Reports

Community Data


Week 2

Journal Prompt: What professional expectations does the school district have for teachers?
How do these expectations support the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers and the National Education Association’s Code of Ethics of the Education Profession? (C16)


Week 3

Journal Prompt:  What are your P-12 learners interests, strengths, needs and developmental domains (cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional and physical)?  (C1, edTPA Task 1)


Week 4

Journal Prompt:  What classroom management strategies are being used in the classroom by you and your clinical educator?  How do these strategies help develop a safe and positive community of learning? (C3, edTPA Task 2)


Week 5

Reflection Prompt:  What have you learned about the learners’ learning needs and interests and how does/will that affecting your teaching? (C2, edTPA Task 1)


Week 6 

Reflection Prompt:  What researched-based instructional/learning strategy have you used in teaching?  Was it successful?  Why or why not? (C11, Task 2)


Week 7 

Journal Prompt:  What type of questions and questioning techniques do you use in your lessons? How do your questions and questioning techniques build learner knowledge and understanding? (C12, edTPA Task 2)


Week 8 

Journal Prompt: Select one lesson you taught this week. What content specific language demands (i.e. vocabulary, discourse, syntax) are being addressed in the lesson?  What language supports were used to support student understanding and use of the academic language of the content?  How do you know that the learners can use the academic language of the content appropriately? (C7, edTPA Task 1)


Week 9

Reflection Prompt:  What concerns have you overcome in the 7 weeks of clinical practice?  What concerns or questions do you have? (C13)


Week 10

Reflection Prompt: What assessment tools have you created and used to measure learning objectives? What did you learn about learner growth and your teaching from the data of the assessment? (C8, edTPA Task 1)


Week 11

Reflection Prompt: What assessment tools have you created and used to measure learning objectives? What did you learn about learner growth and your teaching from the data of the assessment? (C8, edTPA Task 1)


Week 12

Journal Prompt:  How did you provide feedback to learners and how did you engage learners in using the feedback? (C10, edTPA Task 3)


Week 13

Journal Prompt:  Select one lesson taught this week and review the assessment data. If you could re-teach the lesson again to the same group of learners what would you change to support learner achievement? Make note of what occurred in the lesson taught and reflect on why you would change it to support learner achievement. (C14, edTPA Task 3)


Week 14


Journal Prompt:  In what professional development (including grade level meetings, department meetings, IEP meetings etc.) have you participated and how did it influence your teaching practice or your understanding of the profession? (C15)