In the hustle and bustle that is each and every day, I have plans and visions in my mind that I can see playing out perfectly. I forget sometimes that I expect things of my teachers and don’t give them any format, expectation, or example to follow. I send out a weekly “Lion Bytes” newsletter where we share any campus/district news. For four weeks straight I asked them to document our Tier interventions for their students on our district site, Edugence, that we use for data collection. FOUR weeks in a row. Four. No one entered in anything. Finally, one of our veteran teachers stopped me in the hall and said, “Mrs. Teamann, I have to tell you, none of us know WHAT you are talking about. We’ve never been trained on Edugence. We don’t kow how to do what you’re asking.”
Utterly, utterly, utterly defeated.
Sigh. It remidned me of what would happen when I would give an assignment to my students but would get in too big of a hurry to give it to them, and didn’t go over exactly what I was seeing in my mind before they started. You can’t get frustrated when their nine year old version isn’t what you were picturing! 🙂
My response was the blog post below. Low and behold…my walk-throughs and Edugence check yielded a whole different ballgame that next day.
You have student test scores from previous years. You have curriculum assessment data from this year, in all areas. You have the ability to look at your class as a whole, see which questions were the most missed, what your commended rate was, and how your grade/class did compared to others. If we’ve run your scantrons, you’ll find a district comparison in your box, showing how well we did compared to the district average and individual campuses. Take advantage of all the information at your finger tips.
What do you do with the data that you see/collect? Do what you do best. TEACH. Pat those students who did well on the back. Work in small group interventions within your classroom. While we do have an intervention teacher that assists, YOU are the expert. YOU are the most valuable resource on our campus. YOU are going to be what helps that student improve.
Additional help: once you’re through with IPM in SuccessMaker in the lab with Math, we can set up isolated strands for practice. It can be what they’ve shown difficulty with in the past, or what they are struggling with today. TECHNO TEAMANN TIP: Check the questions they missed on their math CA, check your key, pull that TEK and ask Mr. Martinez to set up a practice strand, just 3-5 minutes long. Watch them get better….
You could also see which question was most missed on your CA and use this document on searching Safari strands by TEK to have a whole group video to show to your students. Safari is like United Streaming…just better, 🙂
My point? Don’t forget that most teachers, like most students, want to please. They’ll recreate what’s in your head…you just have to show them what it is first.