Thursday, October 13, 2016

Data Driven Learning

Teachers at Benton Community have a new focus this year on data.  As part of our Teacher Leadership program, Benton Community has transitioned from Model Teachers to Data Team Leaders for the 2016-17 school year.  The Data Team Leaders have helped our school district develop a plan of looking at student work in a slightly different way than we have in past years.

This new focus for teachers, has created a new focus for students, as well.  This year, students from PK-9th grade are looking at data and talking about learning.  In the Middle/High School building, our 7th, 8th and 9th grade students will spend part of their Bobcat Time reflecting on their learning with their teacher.  The student profile sheet hosts a one spot document for students and teachers to get a snapshot of the learning that is occurring for each student.   The profile sheet includes reflective questions for students to think about their learning, a section to self assess their soft skills for future employment, and a section that holds their district assessment results from Skills Iowa, STAR Reader and Iowa Assessments.
At Benton Community, we know the students in our classroom are so much more than the data numbers we are looking at in a document.  They are our family, our neighbors, our kids and it is our job to help these students become the best version of themselves.  When we help students reflect on where they have been, where they are, and where they want to go, we help them succeed beyond the four walls of our school.  The best part of being a teacher is when your students return to visit and share what they have accomplished, how they have grown, and the person they are today.  Growing reflective adults that learn from their experience is what we value the most at Benton Community.  Quality education for a lifetime of learning.