Teachers collect data all the time, but it is our job as professional developers to help them understand how certain patterns or themes that constantly recur can help them improve their teaching practice. You can show them how to be teacher researchers analyzing their teaching practice in a professional development session at the middle or end of the year.
- Create a chart similar to the one below. Add or delete categories.
- Demonstrate how to check for understandings by triangulating evidence to look for same themes or patterns in more than two types of data.
- Encourage teachers to Be objective and nonjudgmental Share their findings with another teacher Bounce off ideas and new questions.
Submitted by:Barbara Bray
Next Tip: Working with the Reluctant Adopter