Definition: The act of gathering information about student learning before, during, and after a lesson. Data comes in a variety of forms and can be collected in a multitude of ways.
Forms of data:
- Student work samples (worksheets, essays, tests, drafts, portfolio, discussion, video, podcasts or audio recordings, screencasts, projects, participation in socratic seminars, etc)
- Student conferences
- Student-to-Student conversation transcripts
- Written narratives
- Save feedback from teachers/peers
- Student social or emotional responses to learning
- Standardized testing outcomes
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How to use the data:
- Note trends or anomalies
- Make instructional decisions
- Develop and/or adjust new or existing formative and/or summative assessments
- Have conferences with students to support their learning
- Create heterogeneous or homogeneous small groups depending on needs/expectations
- Bring student voice into decision making
Questions to ask yourself about your data collection:
- What kinds of data am I collecting?
- How often am I collecting this data?
- Why am I collecting this data?
- What does the data tell me about student learning?
- How do I adjust my teaching to align with what the data is showing learners need?
- What role do students play in my data collection?
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Sackstein, S. (n.d.). Twitter Chats Complement Class Discussions. www.edweek.org from https://www.edweek.org/leadership/opinion-twitter-chats-complement-class-discussions/2017/03
Sackstein, S. (n.d.). Using Data to Determine When a Do-Over Is Necessary. https://www.edweek.org/, from https://www.edweek.org/leadership/opinion-using-data-to-determine-when-a-do-over-is-necessary/2017/02« Back to Glossary Index