CLASSROOM DATA COLLECTION
Classroom data collection allows teachers and students the opportunity to analyze the performance of the class as a whole group. If information is shared and presented in a way that does not specifically identify children, it can be a powerful tool to use in a classroom.
When data is posted for students to see, it stimulates discussion and thinking. As information is examined and questions are addressed, individuals start to notice patterns, identify areas of strength, and determine specific needs. Teachers can use the data to focus their instruction during large, small, and individual lessons. Opportunities for practice can be provided, as needed. Children can determine goals for the class based on the trends that they see.
Over the past two year, some second and third grade classes at Primrose Hill School have used classroom data charts to improve components of writing. After examining baseline data, children pinpointed areas that they had to work on. When post assessments were given, students compared the results to the original assessment data. They were able to notice the growth that was made by using the information on the chart and noted how the process helped them with their learning.
Although our focus was on writing, classroom data collection can to created, shared, and used effectively for all academic areas. At Primrose Hill School, a data collection chart is posted that relates to school-wide behavioral expectations.