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As your reflect on this year, where's your personal data? I don't mean just the standardized test data, which I abhor.
Instead, I'm talking about using student voice, which tells you where you have succeeded and what to do next. I'm talking class survey evaluations.
This has always been scary for me, but I finally took the plunge a few years ago.. You know, it's one of the best things I've ever done. More meaningful than a formal evaluation, it shows me what kids like and what I can tweak to do better. It gives me a structure for reflection that is personal. I don't do this to share it with an evaluator. I do it for myself. I do it for the kids I will teach in the future.
I've found the best way to collect and use this data is to use a Google Form, which adapts well to smart phones. Here's a blank sample based on the form shown below. Save a copy to your Google Drive and edit your form under the Data Tab.
It might just kick start your thinking. C'mon, it's got a proven high-potency ranking. And it's good for you.