The goal of the key assessment was to explain the topic of choice and describe the expected impact the work will have on the teaching/learning environment.. The assignment was split into four assignments through the semester. Each of the separate pieces below made up then entire assignment.
In my Thesis statement I took a stance on the topic of how Volusia County teachers collected data on their Pre-Kindergarten students. The data collection among Pre-k teachers needs to unified utilizing a system that would offer a single, efficient mechanism facilitating the collection, analysis, and storing of student data allowing teachers to focus more on instruction and less on data collection.
Part two of the assignment was to create an annotated bibliography listing in alphabetize the books, articles, etc. I used as resources to suppose my thesis statement.
Part three of the assignment was to analysis how the Volusia County Pre-k teachers currently collect data on their students. Explaining the teacher took data and describing the expected impact that the work would have on the teaching/learning environment.
Part Four of the assignment was to present my findings. The presentation was presented using Power Point. Presenting the problem and providing a solution to the problem. Examining the need to unify the data collection among Pre-k teachers. Supporting the need for a system that would offer a single, efficient mechanism facilitating the collection, analysis, and storing of student data allowing teachers to focus more on instruction and less on data collection.
As it was stated by Deming in his book Out of the Crisis, "improve constantly and forever the system of production and service" (2000). When I became a Pre-K teacher in 2010 I was overwhelmed with the way we collected data on our Pre-K ESE students. The problem with current way of collecting data is there is no consistency of how data is collected. Minimal consistency in what data is being collected. Multiple systems being used to collect data; using at least a dozen data sheets per child to collect data. No administrative access to the data without meeting with the teacher. No formal expectation of how to collect data. Storage of data (data must be kept for a minimum of 1 school year). Wait time for data to be returned to teachers for their use when putting data into Eduphoria. The number of hours required to assimilate the data for analysis. The system of data collection for Pre-K students with disabilities is in serious need of an overhaul to improve the system so teachers are spending more time teaching the students then collecting data and analyzing it which is the driving force behind directing their instruction.
This assignment helped me to be an effective educator in my field because throughout my educational career at Webster University anytime I had an assignment that would allow me to digger deeper into the inquiry of how we could change how the way Pre-k teachers took data on their students, I would not only do the assignment as a part of my grade, I would involve people from the Pre-k team that could bring about the change from the old system to a new system. Although it took awhile the system was finally changed to a system that was more unified and reduced the redundancy of the data being collected.
I had the privilege and honor of serving on the committee that pioneered the change of how the Pre-K ESE teachers in Volusia County took data on their students.
Deming, W. E. (n.d.). (2000). Out of the crisis. Cambridge: M I T Press