Data Collecting sends SHIVERS DOWN MY SPINE!

Data Collecting!

The words that send
SHIVERS
down 
EVERY TEACHER'S
BACK!

WHY? HOW? WHEN?

 Relax...take a breath...
go to your "HAPPY PLACE!"

Data is very important in education.
We as educator's not only need to deliver the instruction, but we do have the need to ensure our student's master and apply the knowledge we are delivering.


For me, it was a
CHANGE of  MINDSET.

When I change my lifestyle, I need a WHY?
Why am I doing this? Why is it needed? 
WHY?  WHY?  WHY?

BECAUSE.

Collecting data is NOT about the numbers.
It's NOT about "judging" my teaching. It's NOT about seeing 
HOW many of my students DID or DID NOT master a concept.

It's about looking for those SMALL skills, those giant holes, those little tweeks that are missing FOR THE CHILD
What areas are missing...so I can fill them!

IT'S NOT ABOUT ME???

NOPE!

It's about the KIDS!

Data is to help our kids.

OK.   So  HOW?

There are a MULTITUDE of  assessments that you can use. 
In this day and age, I bet your district has a LONG list of assessments they  want you to use.
USE them!

Don't just give the test & move to the next lesson.
LOOK  AT  THE  DATA!

You might be surprised at what you see!

I recently gave a math assessment to my firsties.
We had spent 4-5 weeks (YES WEEKS) on place value!
Tens and ones.  Tens and ones.  
OVER  AND  OVER!

After my "district" math assessment,
I noticed a trend...
On 5-6 of the tests  ( 25%  of my class..)
they missed 3-4 questions about 
adding ten to a number.

WHAT? ADDING TEN IS EASY!

We had gone over tens & ones, tens & ones...
BUT...

I "assumed"
...remember what they say about 
ASSUME...

that it would be easy for them 
because they understood place value!

So...a week later of
SMALL  GROUP
math ..adding tens to numbers

SHAZAM!

100%  on the place value review test!
So what if I gave the review test again.
They didn't get it the first time!

It is NOT important that 
OUR numbers
 look good to others!

What is important is
DO THE KIDS KNOW IT?

Knowledge vs. numbers.

WOW!
A New MINDSET!

If you are looking for some reading/writing assessments 
to HELP your kiddos...


See how I use it 
 HERE...

2 comments

  1. I love the idea of a mindset change and realizing that data is about the kids!

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  2. Doing internal research is such an important step to improving pedagogy. Thanks for linking up at Spark Creativity!

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