Data talks can be a place where stress heightens. At least I know it was for me as a teacher. I hated them. I would rather look at my data myself—until I had a dream team that collaborated, discussed, shared strategies and talked data together! It changed the game for me! Here are some tips on how to make these talks less anxiety driven.
How to make Data Talks less stressful:
📊 Made sure folks feel comfortable enough to have talk data by naming that folks may feel uncomfortable but we are here to collaborate and celebrate the GROWTH of our students.
📊 Make it interactive. Have teachers not just look at their student data, but interact with it, talk about it, think through the why or why not of growth and not just surface level. If teachers know what changed the game to make growth, then they will likely do that again! If they know what was different—what didn’t work. They are more willing to change that up too!
📊 Make it a collaborative space. Maybe Teacher A is really digging into some things that work for their students and their students are making huge gains—maybe that teacher shares and maybe that might work for Teacher B! Collaborating is where the magic happens✨
📊 Remember and remind that numbers are numbers. These are human beings in front of us that each have a story. The teachers have a story. The students have a story. The families of the students have a story.
📊 Make talking about data a fun time. 🎉 A time of celebration and wins! Make space to share those wins and make space for nexts steps that provide hope!
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