Student Action Logging Creates Teacher Efficacy

Page No.: 
Kae Miyake-Warkentin, Kanda University of International Studies; Daniel Hooper, Kanda University of International Studies; Tim Murphey, Kanda University of International Studies

Student action logging is a very practical way for teachers to understand what their students have actually learned, what they like and do not like, and where to go next. Action logging entails notebooks and forms used to regularly record student feedback, reflections, and evaluations related to the classroom and their learning. In this paper, three teachers who have been using action logging for different periods of time (1, 3, and 30 years) present their differing experiences of how action logs have shaped their teaching. The teacher perspectives in this paper reveal how action logs provide information that supports teaching decisions, enriches communication between teachers and students, and facilitates a habit of reflective practice. Despite some tensions that may surface from its initial implementation, it is argued that action logging can be adapted to a wide range of different contexts to the mutual benefit of teachers and learners.