Reflection: Student Feedback Homework Logs - Section 2: Resource

 

We spend time in the beginning talking about great answers - answering all parts of the questions and using complete sentences. After students complete their first logs, I choose a few to share with the class as exemplars. I go overboard telling students how impressed I was with this answer and explaining why it’s so impressive.

This year, I shared example responses from a student I had last year. He was an amazing student who made connections that surprised and impressed me every week. Before showing his responses, I talked about him to the class and explained what kind of student he was. The first response I shared was from the book, “Transformers.” I told the class, “Now, friends, let me tell you something. I’ve never read a book about Transformers and I probably never will. I mean, can you picture me sitting on my couch at home curled up with a Transformers book?” They all laughed. “There are plenty of books out there I’ve never read and probably never will. This is one reason why I need your answers to be as detailed as possible.” I read this student’s answer and pointed out the many ways it was impressive. One way was how he explained to me who the characters were. His answer went something like this:  “In this chapter, Robobot (the main robot) and Steven (the human) were…”. I got super excited and told the class, ”Friends! Do you see what he did there? He didn’t just answer the question, but he told me who each character was in case I didn’t know. He could have just answered the question in a complete sentence and been done with it and received all of his points. But, that wasn’t good enough. He made sure to tell me that Robobot was the main robot in the book and that this guy named Steven was a human character. This not only let me know that he understood what he was reading, but it helped me to understand the book as well!”

The next week when students turned in their logs, I saw a dramatic improvement in their answers. It was night and day difference in the quality of their responses. Not only that, but I had several students who copied my former student’s answer and in parentheses told me who the characters were in the story. I was so impressed! This is something I will repeat every year from now on. 

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Homework Logs

Unit 2: Reading in the Classroom and at Home
Lesson 5 of 5

Objective: TWBAT provide students with a meaningful nightly reading assignment.

Big Idea: Looking for a log that gets students practicing essential reading skills each night without causing them or their families stress? Well, look no further!

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English / Language Arts, Reading, Book Logs, Reading records, homework, nightly reading, independent reading
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