Just in Time Data

Just in Time Data Over the past few weeks, we focused on Data-Driven Instruction: how to use data gathered over an extended period of time to form a detailed picture of each student’s achievements and needs. I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from teachers curious about ways to “dip their toes” into data collection or how … Continue reading Just in Time Data

3 Steps to Implement Data-Driven Instruction (Part 3/3)

In parts 1 and 2, we looked how to get started collecting data for DDI and then how to use that data to plan for whole and small group lessons. In this third and final section, we’ll consider ways to use data and data-driven platforms to personalize instruction for individual students. Here I’ll focus on the cycle of using … Continue reading 3 Steps to Implement Data-Driven Instruction (Part 3/3)

3 Steps To Implement Data-Driven Instruction (2/3): Whole Group and Small Group Planning

In my last post, I described how to get a data-driven program off the ground by encouraging and enticing students to answer questions on an online platform that stores and organizes their responses. In this week’s post, we will look at some ways that data can help us plan for whole group or small group … Continue reading 3 Steps To Implement Data-Driven Instruction (2/3): Whole Group and Small Group Planning

3 Steps to Implement Data-Driven Instruction (Part 1/3)

I delivered my most “brilliant” lecture early in my teaching career. My junior English class was reading Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and both the concepts and the language proved challenging. I, myself, was not a huge fan of this extended essay when I was in high school, but as I re-read it as an adult, I … Continue reading 3 Steps to Implement Data-Driven Instruction (Part 1/3)

The PLN: Teach a Person to Teach a Person to Teach a Person to Fish

“Go look it up.” Anyone born before the year 2000 knows this as the standard response when a student asks a teacher what a word means. This phrase symbolizes an old-fashioned, curmudegeonly approach to teaching, where the adult seems to not be responding to the child’s learning needs. In reality, though, the teacher is resisting … Continue reading The PLN: Teach a Person to Teach a Person to Teach a Person to Fish

Real learning takes place when we give students the Room to Discover