The day began as any other professional development session, establishing a purpose and common goals. After reviewing data collection, our Curriculum Director modeled Step 5 of the Data Teams process: Results Indicators. In planning the day's activities, I knew it was important to give teachers time to reflect upon the building and district data, but wanted to do it in a unique way, and that's where my love of Teach Like a Pirate and the hooks came into play! Rather than simply projecting the data on the screen and discussing one subject and grade level at a time, I decided to gamify our PD in the form of The Amazing (Data) Race. That's right, our staff was put into teams of 3-4, and had to accomplish nine tasks related to data, MTSS (Mult-tiered systems of Support) and assessments. Being a 1:1 school, I thought it was only fitting to have the task be accomplished with a different tech tool each time.
The Race Begins...
Teams looked at our district and building's fact fluency data, and using Chatterpix created a thirty second public service announcement about why ten minutes of fact fluency practice each day is important.
For this task, teams could either use Paper53 or Chart Paper to create a SketchNote of MTSS. The goal was to explain MTSS to someone not in education. The SketchNote was then tweeted out to the race hashtag.
During task 5 teams looked at our building's ELA data. Once the data had been analyzed, teams used MoveNote to identify celebrations, inferences, and next steps. Teams then tweeted their MoveNote to #mvdatarace.
In task three, teams looked at our building's DIBELS data and created a Popplet sharing celebrations, inferences, and next steps. A screenshot of the Popplet was then tweeted out.
Just like the real Amazing Race, ours had a detour. For this detour, teams could choose to either:
Route 1. create a Word Cloud using the WordSalad app with at least eight examples of formative assessments being used in their elementary classrooms.
Route 2. using ComicBook! create a three cell comic strip showing a formative assessment being used in an elementary classroom.
Which ever route the team chose required them to tweet out their finished formative assessment example.
Teams had to choose one member to complete the Content goals, Language goals, and tasks puzzle on the StickAround app. Once they had checked their answers, and had a green smiley face on each item, they took a screenshot and tweeted it out.
Task seven required teams to look at the building's math data and was the only task where a tech tool wasn't used. Instead, teams filled out a Math Data sheet on which they identified celebrations, inferences, and next steps.
For this task, teams created a HaikuDeck with at least eight slides, identifying examples and non-examples of differentiation. The completed HaikuDeck was tweeted to #mvdatarace.
As the race came to an end, I wanted teachers to take a moment to reflect on the data they've looked at and create a goal and one area to focus on. It's better to be proactive than reactive, so I wanted teachers to have time to plan ahead. The goal was then typed on ReciteThis.com and tweeted out.
Reflecting on the Race...
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