One of the first steps in creating data teams is for the group to establish individual roles for each member. Before every meeting is held, each member should have a clear understanding what is to be brought to the meeting so everyone will be prepared to have a productive meeting. If student work samples are available, they should be brought to the meeting and used as examples. Every meeting should have the standards that will be taught across the common courses. The first step is to break down the standard so everyone has a clear understanding what the students will be able to do and know once they learn it. Once the standard is understood, the team members should identify the action verbs in the standard to help the team understand the best approach to use as far as learning strategies and the best method to assess the standard. The next step is to discuss instructional strategies the group thinks will lead students to learn the skills or concepts. Once agreed on, the next step is to teach the standard according to the plan and bring the finished products/assessments to the next meeting.
Before sharing, each teacher should analyze the student work for common mistakes or misconceptions. When the meeting convenes, all team members can share the results as well as their opinion how the students performed. What worked? What didn’t work? Chart the work and record everything for future reference.
After going through this process, what did you learn about your instruction as well as student response? Plan the next step?