Friday Focus

Friday, October 28, 2016

Empowering Students With Data

On Wednesday, November 16th, I'll be training teachers of EOC's on data disaggregation using the Kilgo Model in the library from 3:45-5:45 pm after school. We'll have a party sub from Subway, just bring your drink. Any teachers that attend will receive 2 hours of exchange day credit for next year. You do not have to be a tested teacher to attend, just let me know so I can make sure we have enough sandwiches! In this week's edition of Education Weekly, one of the articles focused on how we can empower students by including them in the data process. Here are a few suggestions from the article:

1. Start small, stay focused.

Narrow your focus, collect data by objective or unit. In our case, common assessments and benchmark. You can focus students to one area at a time, like vocabulary or reading fluency. It allows students to see their areas of strengths or weaknesses.

2. Pick a data collection technique.

Are you tracking the data or are the students tracking their own data? I know many of you talk about overall goal/score, but do you look at it by question or objective? One of my former math teachers had students tracking their own benchmark data. For example, students had a record sheet of each question and what their answer was for each question. As they worked through a benchmark question, students would correct their answers if they understood how to work the problem at the point. Then she'd ask them to recalculate the scored percentage to see what they would have made since they now knew how to work that type of problem. It does a couple of things: it emphasizes to kids that each question counts and it builds their confidence that they could make a higher score. You could see it register on their faces that they were capable of doing better. Students used this method to track their own mastery on each TEK.

3. Progress Monitoring Options

Are you using rubrics, graphs, or spreadsheets? Students can create, update, track it all! The article suggests that we isolate specific skills or objectives and write "I can" statements/goals. The graphs and rubrics also give a visual representation that might mean more than numerical scores to some students.

4. Make It Happen

Think about the logistics of your plan including where you'll they'll keep their data so it doesn't get lost. As we become more comfortable recording and tracking data, we may want to develop data folders or data binders where it's kept all in one place.

Make data your ally, not your enemy!

Here is the link for the article if you'd like to read it in its entirety:

Examples of Student Data Tracking

These are examples of student data tracking that we implemented at Nash. Fifth and Sixth graders were setting individual goals and tracking their progress with a variety of methods. We found that students take more ownership of their data when they were involved in setting their own goals and tracking their own progress. Noodle this and see if this is something you could alter or improve upon in your classes here at the high school to make it more age appropriate.

Upcoming Dates

Friday, October 28, 2016

Tennis Regionals

Football Var @ Van

NHS Food Drive

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Cross Country Regional Meet Lynn Creek Park

Band Area Marching Contest Denton

Volleyball – District

Basketball Girls JV/V vs Mabank/Kemp TBD

NHS Food Drive

Monday, October 31, 2016

Senior Orders taken @ lunches

Volleyball Bi District


NHS Food Drive

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Volleyball Bi District

Senior Orders taken during lunches

FFA Comm. Heifer/Steer tag in

FFA Golden LDE contest

KCJLS Meeting 7:30pm

NHS Food Drive

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

NHS meeting 7:30am Room D45

Tennis State Tournament College Station

Juniors take PSAT

NHS Food Drive

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Tennis State Tournament College Station

Volleyball Area

Basketball Girls JV/V @ Wills Point/Edgewood 6pm

NHS Food Drive

Friday, November 04, 2016

NHS Food Drive Ends

Football - Bye