Realization & FACES

Sharratt wrote Realization about school and system effectiveness improvement, the lesson from which is to make sure that each of the 14 Parameters of successful districts is in place and sustained in the face of distractors. Then Sharratt wrote FACES in which she discussed how to see through the glut of information to select the key bits of information that are important in putting FACES on the data, to make sure no student is forgotten. Clearly, understanding key bits of data not only enables teachers and principals to understand what has been learned while it is being learned, but also, ongoing assessment data becomes informative for teaching as it shows what each student still needs to learn and what to do to get them to readiness to move to the next learning level. Some of the data collected about individual students can assist teachers to form the way they provide information, direction or querying to not only get the best learning result, but to drive student motivation and engagement because not all data is not assessment data. Some schools have found that anecdotal data concerning students helps teachers form bonds with students which result in students feeling that school is relevant to them, that their teacher “gets them”. Some schools have listed students’ interests as discovered by teachers as data – and does that make a difference to the relevance of examples a teacher might make to entice a student to participate or to create an example to help explain a concept?