The video Andreas Schleicher: Use data to build better schools got me thinking about the major initiatives to promote data driven instruction happening nationwide in schools.

Andreas Schleicher: Use data to build better schools

While I have strong opinions about the video, and would love to hear what others think, what I want to share is how using data in your own classrooms can be a benefit and not a burden.

Data and research does not have to be crunching numbers or spending hours analyzing test scores. Collecting useful data can be as simple as polling students every now and then on how they feel about class or keeping a journal of your professional thoughts. The most important thing is to develop habits that force you to think about what you are doing as a teacher and measure whether it's effective. Building these habits opens the doors to a world of possibilities in how to approach your teaching.

The video David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization is a great exploration of how data can be used in cool ways that are easy to understand. I'm interested in how other teachers use data and research in their classes, and am happy to meet with anyone who is interested in finding ways to experiment in their classrooms and analyze their teaching.