Where Do Mountain Goats Sleep? Bringing Place-Based Collaborative Journaling out of the Woods and into (and beyond) the Classroom

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Inviting students to engage in collaborative journaling is a democratic and participatory way to help them to reconsider their classrooms as places of agency and reflection, recording what’s important from their perspectives, as well as a method for bridging places, spaces, and interests beyond the classroom walls. Drawing from collaborative writing, pedagogy on journaling in the classroom, nature writing, and Bob Fecho’s notion of a safe space to engage with, this chapter features journal entries written by high school students while they were volunteering on a summer trail crew for the Student Conservation Association. The author, a current teacher-educator and a former middle and high school teacher who served as the trail crew leader, reflects on this place-based collaborative journaling experience to offer strategies, suggestions, and benefits for teachers to foster collaborative journaling in which the classroom serves as a hub for distribution, redistribution, and sharing of journals while students write in all the places and spaces (inside and beyond the classroom) they occupy throughout the school year.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPlace-Based Writing in Action
Subtitle of host publicationOpportunities for Authentic Writing in the World Beyond the Classroom
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781003847649
ISBN (Print)9781032529066
StatePublished - Jan 1 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences

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