Now that we’ve learned our spreadsheet skills and used them to create high-performance goals, how about we include our students and fellow educators? Data certainly can objectively shine a light on how we can improve, but as with most things in life, it’s best shared with others.
Studies show that sharing goals and collaborating on projects helps keep us on the track to success—plus it’s more fun! What does this look like?
- Sharing your new knowledge with colleagues to help them better assess student performance.
- Showing selected data to students so they understand their own goals and how you’re assessing their performance.
- Sending this course (www.reclaimyourclassroom.com) to the faculty at your school so they too can Reclaim Their Classrooms.
At the end of the day, collaboration has amazing benefits. It helps us make more informed decisions, catch errors, and, most importantly to teachers, saves a metric ton of time!
Exercise: Collaborate via Google Spreadsheet
One of the reasons we like Google Spreadsheets is the ease of collaboration. If you haven’t already, create a Google Drive account so you can have access to this wonderful, free, resource.
Remember what a S.M.A.R.T. goal is? It’s a goal that is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound. Think of a S.M.A.R.T. goal now that you want to achieve. You can use the one you created in the previous lesson, or come up with a new one. Write that goal in the Google document you just created, click the blue “Share” button, type a colleague or administrator’s e-mail address, change the access from “Can edit” to “Can view,” and then, with a deep breath, click “Share and save.”
This is a big step! Someone else knows your goal. You’ve shared something important. If you want them to be able to edit the document so he or she also can put a goal, change the access back to “Can edit.”
On your Google document with the goal, click “File,” “Publish to web,” and “Start Publishing.” Now copy the link at the bottom and send it to peers, friends, family, or put it up on your very own website! Check out Weebly. It’s free and is an excellent starter for those who want to create a class website.