Wednesday, August 3, 2016

My Data Notebook 2

A few years ago I created a data notebook that I've been using in my classroom.  Since then, I have switched schools and several assessments have changed.  I have seen myself revising the pages and wished that I had other pages to record data for other topics.  So this summer, I dedicated my time to creating a new data notebook to compliment my previous data notebook.  Click on the picture below to find it on TPT.
The main purpose of using data notebooks is to increase student achievement. After giving my students their baseline assessments, we begin using the data notebooks to record the results and start setting goals.  There are several choices for recording literacy and math data.  You can choose between beginning/middle/end, quarterly, or every other month.  
 When implementing student data notebooks, it’s important to start with one subject area.  Figure out which subject you want to begin collecting data for and introduce your students to the data collection method.  I like to use the reading level graphs to track student reading levels.  In
there are several options to choose from when graphing reading levels.
 I have also included a reading conference form for you to use during reading conferences.  As your students are reading, look for things that your students are doing well and things that they might need to work on. 
Depending on what program your school uses for spelling, you may be able to use the spelling graphs for different things.  I have used these with regular spelling words assessments and with spelling assessments for words their way.
Students can keep track of the topic they are studying and the scores they received from their pre/post test.  Choose the data from pre assessments, observations, or other resources to see where improvements need to be made.  You can decide how long students need to work toward the goal and when to check in to see if the goal has been met.  After the post test, you will record the results on your form and decide which skills you need to reteach.
Once students begin to gather data, they will record their progress in their data notebooks using graphs or other recording sheets.  Students can reflect on their assessments by writing about which standards they mastered and which ones they still need to work on.  They can create a project to prove they have mastered the standards or they can take a video recording.

Most importantly, when implementing student data notebooks, it’s important to keep everything organized so they can take ownership.  Choose which organization method works best for you (I like binders!).  Introduce your data notebooks, let students color or decorate their front cover, and have them fill in their baseline data.  Start out small!  Don't overwhelm yourself or your will overwhelm your students.  

Have an awesome time implementing data notebooks!