Monday, February 6, 2012

A Classroom Full of SMART COOKIES!

I've been wanting to do a classroom data board for a while now.  I think the students really benefit from knowing exactly where they stand and are motivated to improve their own scores.  I have just been so busy that I've never gotten around to it.  I saw the board below on a few days ago and I just haven't been able to get the idea out of my head.  I pinned it on Pinterest and it moved to the top of my to-do list.

Here's my version:

I used the large board above my sink.  I figured it was out of the way enough to not be distracting, but was also a good browsing place for students while they're washing their hands.  I heard somewhere that kids benefit more when you focus on intelligence and not effort, so that's why I chose Smart Cookies.  Did I make that up?

My board shows students' monthly progress on our online reading assessment program, Istation.  It also keeps track of students who get 100% on their spelling tests (motivation, I hope!) and where students are at on their memorization of the times table and quizzes.  The board also features how students are doing on each of the district proficiency assessments in reading, math, science and social studies, with a rubric in the middle.

My favorite part of the board is that fact that all the data is done by the students' numbers, so they know theirs but unless they know other students numbers, they can't make fun of others or feel like anyone is looking at their scores.  It's almost anonymous!

Tell me what you think!  Do you have a data board?  Any chance you want to do one?  I'd love to see other boards!