Teaching is a constant learning journey. For 2014 the focus of my learning journey will be the daily use of Te Reo, developing the Enviro Schools Team and developing independence in learning - the next step on from Daily 5.
Gray offers the following pieces of advice about data:
Data is not a force unto itself. It is what individuals (or groups) do with data that brings meaning and power.
Data is not a perfect reflection of the world. The choices we make about data, including what we choose to collect, how we collect it, how we analyse it and how we interpret our analysis all influence the findings and conclusions we can make.
Data does not speak for itself. It requires interpretation and analysis (hopefully by knowledgeable individuals). In education especially, it needs to be understood within its particular context. This might be in relation to a particular class, school, community etc.
Interpreting data is not easy. Really understanding what the data is telling us can be very tricky.
Despite these cautions about data, the evidence you collect as part of your teaching inquiry can be very useful.
The following blog post provides some good ideas of how different types of evidence can be used by teachers: