Eureka and Middle School Math · UDL in Practice · Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

The Power of Data Collection: WIN Block

Last week, I posted about ways I respond to student feedback on Exam Wrappers and surveys.  In addition to that direct feedback, I also gather data weekly on student activities during WIN (What I Need) block.

A huge part of why I want data is to cover myself.  In the data-driven culture currently in vogue, data is king.  I have my WIN sheets, like the one above, with lists of students who failed MCAS or are struggling with current content and the days I can see them in WIN block and the days I can’t, since those days are dedicated to Learning Center and access to their ELA teacher (the other half of the failing MCAS equation).

a week of data from WIN block–Math Blasters (MB), review for upcoming Module Assessment, snow day, etc.

I cross-check this (teacher-maintained) form by having students fill out a WIN Google Form daily to provide a sense of what work they are doing, what choices they are making each week, how much time is spent on intervention, how often I see them, etc.  I will always be on the hook to justify my choices as a teacher, so having a record of the data is key–it allows me to speak from a solid foundation of fact, rather than from a general sense of what is happening with a class or a group of students or a specific student.

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sample WIN block Form for students to fill out as they rotate through different WIN blocks each week

Of course, the surveys themselves are data, evidence that I’m asking students to engage in self-reflection and also to provide me with feedback on my practice.

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question from student survey, December 2019

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