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“Data use is a task for school leaders, and not teachers. My job is to teach and to take care of the children in my classroom.”

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Started by Mark Maddren 08 Oct 2014 12:37pm () Replies (3)

Data use is a task for school leaders, and not teachers. My job is to teach and to take care of the children in my classroom.” 

Is this a reasonable statement?

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  • Pauline Moore (View all users posts) 13 Oct 2014 11:55am ()

    Well said Nathaniel - completely agree with you.   The next step is to have systems that allow data sharing across all teachers who interact with the student (providing no privacy issues) so everyone has a complete picture and can tailor approaches appropriately.  In a secondary setting comparative subject related data (both qualitative and quantitative) may be an indicator of teaching approaches that "work" for a student and can highlight methods that are not so successful.  'Open to learning' teachers will reflect on this data and trial different approaches to maximise student achievement.

  • Nathaniel Louwrens (View all users posts) 13 Oct 2014 8:55am ()

    Wow, Mark! What a great challenging question to get things kicked off!

    My first thought was that we need data to help us improve our practice as teachers. We need to base what we are doing on something!

    I then considered what "data" is. While my initial thoughts here was statistical data - results of assessments - I then thought that actually we gather data every day as teachers. We are gathering, I guess it's qualitative data through observing our students - what they are doing, what they are asking, are they engaged etc. 

    I suppose we could ignore this data, but this isn't going to help make us better teachers. All of the data, whether it be qualitative or quantitative needs to be analysed, interepreted and relfected on with the aim to make ourselves better at what we do and give greater opportunities to our students for learning.

    So, coming back to the original statement. If "my job is to teach and to take care of the children in my classroom", then I need data to ensure I am doing the best job I possibly can and to use it to make appropriate changes to my practice.

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