In my district, there has been a huge push to engage students in data tracking. In theory, I love this idea. Keep students accountable, build motivation, and it fits perfectly with growth mindset. However, you know how the juggling act goes. Implementing this practice effectively has been a challenge for me. Over the years, I have tried different variations of binders, folders, and scales. In reflecting on what I have tried, I have decided what makes it difficult to maintain is the amount of moving pieces involved. In an effort to make data tracking as easy as possible, I have designed a new resources to do it all in a one page copy!
Data Tracking Mini-Booklet:
I plan to print my tracking pages double sided on white card-stock, so students can color and decorate in their extra time during the first week of school. Each box will be cut out and the whole punched and assembled into a mini-booklet with a binder ring. To make them last the year, I plan to collect the booklets and hang on our Data Tracking Wall.
Students will track their progress towards mastery in two different ways. The first side is a mastery checklist for each domain. As students reach mastery for each skill, they will date it and check it off. The second side is a graph for progress monitoring. Students can build on top of their graph each time they practice the skill to show their growth until they reach mastery. In my classroom, this will include pre, post, and retake scores on our districts’ standards mastery quizzes. Although all CCSS are included, the standards are grouped by skill.
I left the cover mostly blank so students could customize the cover to give them more ownership for their data tracking. Also, I am planning on using inspiring, growth mindset quotes to decorate our covers. On the back of the cover, there are blanks for students to fill in the percentage ranges, level color coding, and mastery percentage, so teachers can customize it to fit their classroom.
I am hopeful this will be an easier resource to add into our routine. Maybe with a component on Seesaw to bring parents in and provide an authentic audience to help hold students accountable to. I will update you once the year has started to let you know how it goes for me!