Learning Logs are used for students' reflections on the material they are learning. This type of journal is in common use among scientists and engineers. In the log, students record the process they go through in learning something new, and any questions they may need to have clarified. This allows students to make connections to what they have learned, set goals, and reflect upon their learning process.
The act of writing about thinking helps students become deeper thinkers and better writers. Teachers and students can use Learning Logs as classroom assessment for learning, as students record what they are learning and the questions they still have, and teachers monitor student progress toward mastery of the learning targets in their log entries. By reading student logs and delivering descriptive feedback on what the student is doing well and suggestions for improvement. the teacher can make the Learning Log a powerful tool for learning.
Websites on Learning Logs:
Instructional Strategies Online: What Are Learning Logs?
Writing to Learn: Learning Logs
Field Trip Planner: Active Learning Log
Learning (B)logs: Time to Give Students a Voice
Learning Logs Online: Examples and Photos of Learning Logs