In the words of Spider-Man (and Voltaire), “With great power comes great responsibility.” The key to learning a new skill is incorporating it into your professional life so that it becomes a habit. We have a few suggestions for how you might flex your new spreadsheet muscles today.
- Calculate the mean and median on your next assignment. Are they different? Why?
- Filter your sub-populations to determine if there are any striking differences in how groups of your students are performing.
- Set a data-driven goal based on current conditions and your vision for future performance. Examples could include percentage of your class reading at grade level, disciplinary referrals, or attendance for tutorials.
Whatever way you decide to utilize these skills, make sure your goals are S.M.A.R.T.: Specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. Your new abilities will help these S.M.A.R.T. goals translate into better results for your students.
Exercise: Get S.M.A.R.T.
Type out a S.M.A.R.T. goal and share it with several of your colleagues, administrators, friends, relatives, and especially your students.
Review your goal each week and measure how close you are to attaining it. Read through this list of goal-tracking apps and get one on your smartphone!