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I need some good ideas on using data walls in the science classrooms 7-12. Anyone got a great one that actually helps drive instruction and that has student buy-in for science?

Jul 26, 2014 8:55am

  • Science
  • 7-12
  • Assessment / Class Culture / Differentiation / Engagement


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    • Oct 28, 2014 7:21pm

      I like the idea of competition to motivate the students. As far as helping drive instruction you can set up an excel sheet to take down demographic data of your students and assign each student a number, I would use this to post the students data as well so there I no bullying. You then record the students score on a pre-assessment by their number for each standard you are testing. When you do your formative assessments you can record them under a different section but using the same standards. This allows you to compare your scores per student, sex, race, and any other demographic data you put in the spread sheet. It can break it down to a point where you can see if you need to change your lessons to reach a specific demographic more. With all of this information you can alter your examples and explanations for different students. I know this sounds like a lot of work but create one spread sheet and when you pull it up to add information just save as unit and class number so you always have your master copy. The great thing about this approach is the ability to see how your free and reduced lunch students and your special education students are performing without them getting lost in the mix.

      • Aug 4, 2014 11:06am

        We also use word walls, but as vocab reference for each unit. I would love to have a peek at the way you are using this tool - sounds like you have harnessed a greater potential for learning than I am.

        • Aug 4, 2014 11:35am

          Our district wants each teacher to gather data from assessments and use the results to help drive instruction. Many of my teachers have a beautiful data wall, but it isn't useful. I need ideas on how the data taken from assessment results can help students monitor their growth as well as help teachers plan for instruction.