The more we know about our students’ learning, the more we can help them. We have students for at least thirty some minutes each day. We can gather much information during that time.
Some techniques for observing standards-based student learning:
* Write the student observation on a sticky-note, and, after class, stick the note to each student’s page in a class binder.
* Write directly on the student’s page in the class binder.
* Complete a short checklist and physically add that checklist to the student’s section in the class binder.
* Use a computer, PDA, or tablet to record your observation in a word processor, database, or spreadsheet. With any of these technology tools, you can sort or search for patterns. You can let your fingers do the walking and your brain do the analysis. One observation on the student’s lack of measurement skills may be a quirk or abnormality. However, several observations showing a student’s measurement errors can pinpoint an academic problem; you can guide the student in overcoming those errors. You can print out information for meetings with the student, parents, team, or school guidance counselor.
How do you observe your students and record this information using technology? How does your technology use allow you to see the big picture about the student’s learning?
© Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007