Strong lesson differentiation can be something that’s challenging to capture on video, as much of it happens behind the scenes. It also is a cycle, with several moving parts: Strong, objective aligned data collection. Data analysis, helping to identify which students have mastered which objectives, and where misunderstandings and struggles are happening. Providing feedback to students and carefully […]

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Systems Behind Data Driven Instruction

May 1, 2017

Janice Smith

A couple months ago we created two collections focused on data (‘Data Driven Instruction (Theory)’ and ‘Data Driven Instruction (Practice)’).  In the conversation around this topic, one piece that isn’t discussed enough is the systems we create to make data driven instruction more meaningful, and ultimately less time consuming.  Making sure that every lesson, classwork […]

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Data Driven Instruction (Practice)

Feb 21, 2017

Janice Smith

Last May we featured a collection of videos about data driven instruction, focused on the mindset and theory behind the practice.  In Part 1 (a collection titled ‘Data Driven Instruction: Theory‘) we focused on the mindset behind data driven instruction.  What teachers are thinking about as they plan for how to collect data, what do […]

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While visiting KIPP King Collegiate HS last year we had a chance to sit down with Hari Vasu-Devan, a teacher and Instructional Coach, about their recent switch to mastery based grading (also called Standards-Based grading).  This has been a common topic of conversation when we visit schools, especially high schools, as teams and teachers grapple […]

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Data Walls: Yay or Nay?

May 31, 2016

Janice Smith

In the Washington Post a couple weeks ago there was a pretty scathing article on ‘Data Walls’ (you can find it here), and there have been other since.  One has threatened law suits on every school in their state if all data walls aren’t removed by a certain date.  As someone who not only used […]

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