This strategy helps teachers schedule and structure a simple whole-class data dive routine, during which all students can be celebrated for their progress on both online and face to face learning activities while also receiving constructive feedback that will help them set meaningful goals moving forward and make progress at a faster pace.
The effectiveness of this strategy resides in its ability to support the building of a positive data-driven classroom culture in which transparency and feedback play a key role in helping students fully maximize the potential of blended learning strategies. It is applicable to any grade level or content area.
Follow up this group activity with a simple individual goal setting process during which students will set goals for the upcoming week when it comes to the improvement of the way they will work online. Consult the SMART Goals or Daily Goal Setting strategies to learn more about goal setting. Collect these goals and have them on hands as they work online the following week. Notice and praise students who are working toward their goals on a regular basis.
Repeat this routine at least three times. Consider adding new data points as the year progresses to increase the level of rigor.
The videos below show three Blended Learning Master Teachers leading a whole group data dive with their students. Get inspired!
If possible, it can be helpful to set aside an entire day of professional development for teachers to review and plan based on student data.
Support teachers to develop a whole-class plan to re-teach or spiral skills and standards in which students have not yet shown mastery.
Support teachers to identify instructional interventions to support individual students or small student groups.
Identify when teachers will re-assess skills or standards that they are planning to revisit, to ensure that their interventions have been successful.
Showing your students that you are aware of what they do online is essential to the success of a blended learning environment. If the amount of platforms they work on feel overwhelming to dive in for you, here are a few tips to still make it happen:
Google Forms and Sheets
Google Forms are an easy way to gather (form) and aggregate (sheet) information. Response to a Google Form document can be aggregated, sorted, and saved in a Google Sheet.
Every time students are asked to set goals, Google Form can come in handy and allow you to organize this data much faster you would have been able to do it by hands
ClassDojo is a multi-faceted classroom management tool focused on reinforcing classroom expectations and communicating those expectations out with the individual student, class, and families.
The ClassDojo randomizer can be super helpful in getting you 5-10 random student names every day or every week to perform your data dive if doing it with the whole class feels overwhelming