Attention Art Teachers! Are you being asked to show “data” of your teaching and learning in your classroom? Is the mere notion of tracking 500+ students making your brain addled with logistical riddles? Well. . . me too. Most of the home room teachers at my school keep Data Notebooks for their students to show growth and evidence of learning. However, I do not believe there is an art room in the whole entire ‘Verse that is big enough for all those 3 ring binders. Sooooo I adapted an idea that a good friend gave me which I started last year and am just now getting around to using and implementing. It is a Data Wall and it is pretty neat.
On the left are the different standards and topics covered by the curriculum. The top part is the grade labels (k-5) and each column has a sticky note which corresponds to the color of one of the standards. Each time we complete a project or lesson that covers the standard or topic, a sticker will be put next to the class. If we cover it more than once — more than one sticker.
Each sticky note has the day of the week for the class that is taught. For example, under the “K” column each sticky note says M for Monday, T for Tuesday, TH for Thursday, and F for Friday. (There is no W because I am at another school on Wednesdays) Some classes have more stickers because some are further ahead on projects and lessons.
This is in the rudimentary stages but it is the best system I could come up with for now. I am happy with it for several reasons the main one is that it is so rainbowy! (I declare that to now officially be a word.) The awesome visual of it got the kids really excited when they saw it today and they were stoked that they have already learned some stuff and pumped up about filling up all the sticky notes with stickers by the end of the year.
I have always struggled with a way to make data meaningful for my students, I always thought that it was something I have to do with the sole purpose of appeasing evaluators. After seeing my student’s reactions to it I was pleasantly surprised and might even use it once in a while.
I am really happy to have a creative, quick, and easy way to display data. Hopefully I will be able to fine tune it to be even better!