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Learning Logs and Journals. Burke, Chapters 6, 7, 8. Teacher Made Tests. Written or oral assessments Variety of formats Time-consuming to construct Often overlook higher order thinking Tend to emphasize verbal-linguistic skills Vary from class to class. Better Teacher-Made Tests.

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learning logs and journals

Learning Logs and Journals

Burke, Chapters 6, 7, 8

teacher made tests
Teacher Made Tests
  • Written or oral assessments
  • Variety of formats
  • Time-consuming to construct
  • Often overlook higher order thinking
  • Tend to emphasize verbal-linguistic skills
  • Vary from class to class
better teacher made tests
Better Teacher-Made Tests
  • Are part of an assessment plan
  • Correlate to instructional objectives
  • Are prepared prior to instruction
  • Are adjusted for various learning styles, multiple intelligences, and learning problems of students
  • Are instructional and ongoing
learning modalities
Learning Modalities

Visual

  • Mind strays during verbal activities
  • Organized
  • Like to read
  • Good speller
  • Memorize by seeing pictures
  • Find verbal instructions difficult

Auditory

  • Talk to self
  • Easily distracted
  • Find written instructions difficult
  • Likes to be read to
  • Memorizes by steps in a sequence
  • Enjoys listening activities

Kinesthetic

  • In motion most of the time
  • Reading is not a priority
  • Poor speller
  • Likes to solve problems by physically walking through them
  • Enjoys handling objects
  • Enjoys doing activities
what are learning logs
What Are Learning Logs?
  • Short, objective entries
    • Mathematical problem-solving
    • Observations of science experiments
    • Questions about readings/lectures
    • Lists of reading, homework, etc.
  • Brief, factual, or impersonal
  • Formative assessment
what are journals
What Are Journals?
  • Written in narrative form
  • Subjective
  • Deal with feelings, opinions, or personal experiences
  • Usually descriptive, longer, open-ended, more free-flowing than logs
  • Formative assessment
using learning logs and journals
Using Learning Logs and Journals
  • Record key ideas
  • Make predictions
  • Record questions
  • Summarize main ideas
  • Reflect on information presented
  • Connect ideas
  • Monitor change
  • Respond to questions
  • Brainstorm ideas
  • Help identify problems
  • Record problem-solving techniques
  • Keep track of completed activities
assessing logs and journals
Assessing Logs and Journals
  • Depth and personalization of responses (ex., undeveloped to powerful)
  • Level of thoughtfulness
  • Point values based on completion
  • Checklist or rubric
  • Peer review
  • Self-assessment
  • Select entries for rewriting and grading
metacognitive reflection
Metacognitive Reflection
  • Asking students to think about their own thinking
    • How did you get that answer?
    • What did you do well?
    • What would you do differently?
  • Allowing students to process what they have done and reflect on their learning
using metacognitive reflections
Using Metacognitive Reflections
  • Self-assessment questions
  • KWL Strategy
    • Know, what to know, learned
  • PMI Strategy
    • Pluses, minuses, what was interesting
  • Group processing
    • How can students improve social skills?