Learning/Response Logs

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 during the formative assessment process, 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 and adjust instruction to meet student needs.  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.


Response Logs are a good way to examine student thinking.  They are most often connected with response to literature, but they may be used in any content area.  They offer students a place to respond personally, to ask questions, to predict, to reflect, to collect vocabulary and to compose their thoughts about text. Teachers may use Response Logs as formative assessment during the learning process.

Math Journals


Websites on Learning Logs and Response 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


Response Logs for Content Classrooms


Reading Response Logs - PDF

Rubric for Response Logs



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