Fall Data Is About Getting To Know Your Students

Likely at your school, you have certain benchmark points in the year when you are collecting large amounts of data.  You might collect Standardized test scores in the Fall, Winter, and Spring; you might have final exams at the end of the year; or you might have quarter and semester grades happening at specific intervals. Continue reading → Fall Data Is About Getting To Know Your Students

From Reactive to Proactive INTERACTIVE data

The large majority of data collated and analyzed by schools and districts is reactive.  We’re looking at summative assessments after the unit, we’re looking at standardized results at the end of the year.  Naturally, reactive protocols cause reactions in teachers and administrators.

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Teachers Need to Play Too: Interactive Data is Better

A novel builds character arcs before a climax; a comedian gives a setup before a punchline; and research papers place the results section before the discussions and conclusions section.  It’s simple:

People make deeper connections when anticipation builds and finality is with-held.

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A Way to Fix Your Survey Analyses

Surveying is a powerful tool for uncovering perception data. Whether it’s surveying your teachers for morale or efficacy perceptions, your community for satisfaction perceptions, or your students for their perceptions on their own learning, almost every school employs some form of perception survey.

We may argue about survey design, or over specific items in the survey, but I think the bigger problem is in the analysis and representation.

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