|Cameras are like students held up by a tripod support system |
which includes teachers, parents, and the student themselves!
The most important part of the tripod is always forgotten...the student. In late elementary school and especially middle and high school, it is crucial for teachers and parents both to hold the student accountable for their own learning! This gives them a senses of responsibility and can help build up their self esteem if done properly. As many in the field of education move towards pushing a growth mindset, student accountability can be the first step in the process. The teacher can model how progress, not the end result should be the ultimate goal for every student.
Right now, DATA, is a big buzz word in education. As a teacher I was always afraid of DATA. It made me think of endless hours creating data binders, crunching numbers, and creating spreadsheets to determine what I needed to reteach or spend more time on. After several years in the classroom I discovered that I was missing one crucial element to the data puzzle...the student. I learned that I needed to allow the student the opportunity to dissect their own data because ultimately they were the ones being affected, why not have them do all the hard work? It turns out it wasn't hard work at all and the students actually appreciated having such timely feedback even if it wasn't always positive.
|Sample Student Self Evaluation Sheet|
|Sample Student TEK Tracker|
|Sample Biology TEK tracker that I created to see how all the students in my district were doing and which TEKS where hotspots to ensure teachers remediated before testing in May.|