Logs are fairly detailed progress reports on a project or program. They are best suited to assignments where there is less personal interaction and more attention to detail (e.g., planning a curriculum, planning a speaker series, creating a service for singles, putting together a synagogue day care program). Logs are continued for the duration of the project and so length cannot be specified. A log consists of:
- An initial description of the assignment.
- A discussion of the assignment's purpose, proposed outcome, and objectives.
- A detailed timeline that includes expected deadlines for work in progress.
- A continually updated account of progress, obstacles, and/or alterations in the project.
- A continual assessment of how the project is progressing, an analysis of the student's performance on the project, and questions that emerge from this reviewing process.
The intent of the log is to allow the student and mentor to closely review a project over time, understand that obstacles to plans do occur, and encourage discussion about how to reformulate a plan given new information and obstacles. The log should focus on such content as:
- How do I understand this project at this point in time? What has caused me (or might cause me) to change my view of this project?
- Who else needs to know about my project? Should anyone else be included in planning this program? How and when should I involve them?
- What obstacles do I anticipate may come up in my planning? How might I deal with these obstacles?
- What is my time line for completion? How does my time line need to be changed given recent occurrences?
- How will I measure the success of this program? Who else should be involved in evaluating this program? When should they be involved (or updated) on this project?
Sample Log Entries