Learning Logs Katrina Cameron Katie Kimbrell Alyson McGowen BreannaCorbitt
Learning Logs When properly understood and used, learning logs become a vehicle for exchange among parents, teachers, and students. Learning logs can also help the teacher gain an understanding of what content the student’s understood and perhaps what content needs to be re-taught. Learning logs can also serve as a daily assessment or ticket out the door. The best part about learning logs is that they can be used in ALL subject areas.
Purpose of learning logs Learning logs foster reflection on a certain subject or on students’ reading and learning processes. The audience could either be yourself, your peers, or your teacher. The purpose of the activity is to inform your audience on what you have learned about this content.
What do learning logs look like? Learning logs come in many different formats. The type of format is based on the content that the student is learning and the preference of the teacher. Some learning logs are formatted as a graphic organizer and some are simple journal entries.
The following questions could be used to guide students in making thoughtful entries in their learning logs: What did I do in class today?What did I learn?What did I find interesting?What questions do I have about what I learned?What was the point of today's lesson?What connections did I make to previous ideas of lessons?
Engage Think of an animal. Draw and/or describe its habitat and the specific resources (food, water, shelter, and space) that your animal may need. Georgia Habitats Learning Log This section is used to catch your student’s attention. This would serve as your Hook and Hold.
Explore Name and describe the habitat of Georgia your animal lives in. This section allows your the student to explore the content being taught.
Explain Explain why you think your animal would live in this habitat. In this portion the student will explain the information they know about the specific content.
Elaborate Is there another habitat in which this animal could live? If so, where? If not what would happen to this animal if it was placed in another habitat? This section allows the student to dig deeper (think outside of the box) into their understanding of the content.
Evaluate Summarize key points of at least one other Georgia habitat you have learned about. This section allows the student to reflect on the content as a whole and to talk about what they have learned.