Do you have a thought, feeling, or opinion about a particular topic? If you want this information from a group of people, pose a question using a consensogram. It is a quick and easy way to collect and analyze informal data. Usually there are about three response choices that can be selected. After asking a question and explaining the options, dots or tally marks are used. The information can be gathered within a group or individually so people can remain anonymous. The results are shared with all the participants and discussed to determine what they noticed from the data.
After displaying a consensogram and modeling its use at grade level meetings, the teachers at Primrose Hill School generated a list of how and when this tool could be used within the school. These are the helpful suggestions that were generated. Consensogram discussions could focus on the following topics:
*recess and lunch situations
*transitions and unstructured times
*understanding of academic skills
* “pre” and “post” testing