Today I felt that I was finally granted a reprieve from jumping from one meeting to another and watching the day slip by. I really only have myself to blame. We began rolling out our data process to our teachers and the last thing I wanted to do was present something and expect teachers to see the value in implementing it without further guidance. Instead, I opted to meet with each teacher one on one to make sure each teacher was able to ask all the questions they had and were able to see the benefit of using the data process. This approach has seemed to work well. I am able to talk to teachers about what data in their classes looks like and how they can use that data or generate additional useful data to better understand what their students need. The focus is to get teachers using data to drive instructional decisions.
What I have learned from these one on one meetings is that most teachers do make their instructional decision using data, they may just not do it formally by following a procedure. They do not just teach a lesson, see that a student is struggling, and then move on to the next lesson. Most teachers will choose an appropriate strategy for helping those struggling students in whatever form will benefit the students the most. While teachers do usually use data to informally inform instruction, I do truly believe that had I implemented a stronger procedure for reviewing student data through each lesson or unit I would have been a more effective teacher for all of my students.