Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Let's Talk Data and a to-do list for UGH-est.

Data. The new thing that is being pushed at every level of education. I feel as thought I have to have data on every single thing that I teach: exit slips, Common Core based assessments, formative assessments! Now that I am switching to English, my student's performance on the DC-CAS and PIA exams are about 40% of my IMPACT score. IMPACT, as some of you may not know, is DC's highly controversial teacher evaluation system. I am not going to get on my soapbox and rant/rave about the system, because that will take up the entire post and then some. However, I recognize some of the positives that come out of it. Recording student data is actually something that I and my students enjoy doing. Watching them color in the graph showing their progress from PIA to PIA is an awesome way for the students to recognize their improvement and gets them invested in their education/learning. It also is great to show parents and administration. I like to make literacy folders for my students at the beginning of the school year and staple in a data recording sheet that THEY complete. This is a completely student-driven activity. This year I have re-vamped my sheet, only aesthetically lol. A big shout out to [simply speech] for this post. This post gave me some inspiration to fix up my data sheet and make it more user-friendly for my students. Hopefully this gets me to the highly-effective range this year! Below I have linked my document for your use/enjoyment. Let me know if you like it and how you plan on using it this year.


Alrighty, time for a to-do list. I feel like there is so much to do and not enough time! Here we go...oy.
  • Finish reading Enrique's Journey and create an assessment for the first week of school. (their summer reading book)
  • Finish up Unit 2 curriculum and email off to department chair ASAP. (was supposed to be finished today but I was writing a 25 page paper for my master's class...oops!)   
  • Create IEP, Data and Parent Communication Binders.
  • Print off Welcome Banner and laminate.
  • Locate squishy light bulb balls for "Do You Need a Light bulb Moment?" project.
  • Purchase fabrics, borders, scrapbook paper, laminator, laminator sheets.
I know I have more that needs to go on there, but my brain is so pooped from writing my research paper.

How about your to-do lists? How big/long are they?


  1. So much to do and so little time! You'll get it done, teachers always do!


    1. I feel so behind on everything!