When you hear the words “Data Teams”, what comes to mind? As teachers, many of us have a negative connotation because we think it is a negative reflection about our teaching and practices. This can leave us unmotivated to actively participate in data teams and dreading the meetings. Mindsets about data teams are changing as data teams evolve and shift to focus on how data should help us discover strategies and behaviors students need to grow as readers, writers, and flexible math thinkers.
Actually, data teams are a time for educators to communicate and collaborate in authentic and meaningful ways on best practices. Data Teams provide an opportunity to uncover the stories of our learners and the time to dig deeper by using multiple data points. With our goals in mind, we can use students’ strengths to bridge the gaps in their learning. Data teams give professionals the time to think about how to use the framework to support diverse learners and reflect on instruction. Data teams are a professional learning community within the school to support, motivate and push each other’s thinking. (more…)