Strategy

Learning Logs

UDL 6.4

Learning logs are a tool that allow students to write about key concepts they are learning. They generally look like a two-column graphic organizer. On the left-hand side, students or the teacher write topics they are learning or questions they have on a given concept they have been studying. In the right-hand column, students write corresponding notes or answers. The teacher can respond and make notes as well. Learning logs promote student reflection, allow students to monitor their own learning and push students to synthesize and organize ideas learned. Learning logs can be filled out the last few minutes of class or at the end of the week.

Ready-to-Use Resources

Progress Monitoring Tool

Basic Learning Log

Printable learning logs that can be used by students to record key information from a lesson or text to reflect on their learning. Variations with guiding questions and sentence frames are included to support learners at all levels.

Grade 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 · English Language Arts, Reading, Listening, Math · 4 pages


Progress Monitoring Tool

Visual Learning Log

Printable visual learning log for students to reflect on their learning. Students can record key information from a lesson or text by drawing or with pictures.

Grade K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 · English Language Arts, Reading, Listening, Math · 1 pages


Implementation Tips

Teacher Modeling
When introducing learning logs, explicitly model and explain how to fill one out. Check them frequently and respond with your own notes so students see purpose in having an audience for their writing.
Early Elementary Learning Log
Learning logs can be modified depending on content and age-group. For younger grades, you may want to keep the graphic organizer simple by having them just fill out the skill they learned and any questions they may still have. For students who need more support, start their learning log reflections with teacher-prompted questions or topics.

Examples

ELL
When working with ELL students, use learning logs to allow these students to reflect on what they have learned and any concepts and ideas they are still confused by or don’t understand. Students can also write in their native language since the focus is not on the actual content of the log itself, but the process of reflection and self-assessment.
Science
Use learning logs to elicit student understanding of key vocabulary words or processes. For example, after a lesson on a plant’s life cycle, you could use a learning log where students are prompted to write what they learned about key vocabulary words. Add a student reflection box on the bottom of the log for remaining questions. This will give you a sense of what else students may help with or concepts that should be re-taught.
ELA - Writing
After a writing unit, use learning logs as a student reflection piece. Ask a few questions about the genre of writing in that given unit of study in the left-hand column of the log.