This is part of my Science Solutions Series, which addresses the questions I most often get from teachers.
I have something that I honestly didn’t want to work, but it did. It’s been a long time comin with me jumping on the student data train. Sure, I’ve use data for years to determine what to review, what to concentrate on, and how to make groups. But, I didn’t start having students chart their data until last year.
I got some good practice last year and started implementing a system this year that has my students really showing growth and taking ownership. Even reluctant learners can’t help but smile a little when they see their progress.
You can read about how I assess students here.
I was skeptical, but now I am a believer in students tracking their data! This past unit assessment proved to me how students can be impacted by looking at how they are doing. My co-workers and I were recently discussing how abstract grades can seem to kids in 5th grade. They have a hard time knowing how it will impact them. This makes it more concrete.
Here are some of the graphs:
Student #1: I am like a proud mama with this one!
Student #2: Consistency, with a goal to improve
Student #3: Super Star
Student #4: Addressing Past Mistakes
I am really proud with how my kiddos are doing with this! I try to keep it positive and privately visit and praise for a moment with students who aren’t quite green yet, but are making PROGRESS!