Spring 2014 Data Analysis

Joyce Bearden's EPortfolio

Goal #3: 100% of teachers show evidence of utilizing data analysis tools in order to improve student achievement.

I have consistently utilized data throughout the school year to improve student achievement. I have used surveys, progress tools and grade heat maps to analyze my course strengths and weaknesses as they relate to student success. Data analysis is new to me as an instructor. I find that I continue to need prompts like the ePortfolio requirements to check out the data tools. I hope that as I continue to improve as an instructor, that data becomes a more frequent part of my classroom routine. This would be a great goal to set.

April Data Survey Reflection

Survey Data Reflection - April

Overall, I am really happy with the survey data. However, this one question caught my eye when comparing the results between Latin 1B and Latin 1AB. I was disheartened at the low results rating my effectiveness in the 1AB course. I immediately compared these results for the same question in my Latin 1B course. My initial thoughts were that the data from both classes would indicate the same low rating- and I would really need to think about my overall approach to the courses. Interestingly, the Latin 1B course is the exact opposite. Students ranked my effectiveness better than the school and department averages by more than .5 percentage point. This made me wonder why there is such a difference as I literally use the exact same resources and lessons in both courses. The 2 differences between the courses are 1) the pacing (AB is an entire year in 1 semester with 24 modules, while B is 1/2 a year with 12 modules) and 2) class chat attendance (I rarely had anyone from 1AB attend my class chat while I have approximately 6 regular attendees in the Latin 1B course). Clearly the workload in the AB course must partially have something to do with the results. However an effective teacher wouldn't stop there with the data. I plan to spend some time in the summer developing strategies to assist my AB students more with their Latin course. The data demonstrates that more is needed to help these students learn the material and find my instruction techniques more effective and helpful.

March 2014 Data Analysis- User Progress Tool

March Data Reflection

The user progress tool helps teachers get a quick glance at log in history and overall performance. The two are often indicators of student success. I plan to utilize this tool to communicate with students more regularly regarding infrequent log in history.

February Data Analysis: Learning Styles Survey

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February Data Reflection

Getting started this semester, I asked students to complete this survey to analyze their learning styles: http://www.edutopia.org/multiple-intelligences-learning-styles-quiz

Students received feedback about their learning strengths and weaknesses and shared in the discussion board. I used the data from the survey and noted that many of my students have linguistic and logical-mathematical strengths.

February Grade Patterns Reflection

Using the grade patterns analysis tool, I was easily able to determine students who were struggling most in class by looking for the blue squares above. Once I focused on these students, I decided to reach out to them to offer additional assistance in email and via phone.

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