This blog post was written to discuss nine data images that were shown in the data driven instruction and analysis lesson.
How might the teacher adjust the course in the future based on the previous activity of these students?
I think that it is important for teachers to constantly grow each lesson and change to ensure the most student success is being accomplished. By constantly reviewing data and student performance based on a comparison with similar learners we are able to differentiate material for each student. Use a spreadsheet that focuses on the impact of student learning. During formative assessments if I see a student, group of students, or the class is weak in a standard, then I change the direction of the lesson to focus on mastery of that standard. If a summative assessment reveals that students are not showing a mastery of a standard, then the focus is on remediation.
What other uses does data have for online instruction?
With online instruction, the teacher has to pay close attention in an asynchronous learning environment to ensure students are meeting standards. Differentiation takes on a new look for teachers that normally have a face-to-face meeting with students. Through time teachers can plan effective differentiation for students based on data that is collected from the class.
What advantages do teachers who utilize data have over those that do not?
This is a difficult question because I cannot imagine teaching without the use of data. Teaching with data provides teachers with a clear indication of which students are meeting standards and which are not. This allows the teacher to change their methods to be able to transfer information to more students, conduct better formative and summative assessments, and provide classroom differentiation. Teachers that are not using data are not providing everything they could be for their students.
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