Data notebooks (or folders) support students in becoming coproducers of their learning. They help students organize processes for learning. The notebook generally contains a student’s mission, goals and action plans to support classroom and personal learning.
Data notebooks/folders may contain:
Data notebooks empower students
Data notebooks or folders empower students to become accountable for their learning. By writing goals/objectives based on actual course or subject objectives, students have control over their pace of learning. Goals/objectives are also written by students to capture short-term gains to motivate themselves to achieve long-range goals.
Data notebooks provide feedback
As with classroom data centers, analyzing what is working or not working provides timely feedback to the student to correct the course of action, as needed. The notebook also documents progress that can predict course grades, providing "no surprises" at the end of each school quarter or semester.
Data notebooks help students manage their learning
Data notebooks are constructed in a way for students to observe short-term gains, a powerful motivator to achieve long-term goals. With tools to manage learning, students are provided with the means for self-empowerment and motivation.
The development of data notebooks/folders mirrors the process for creating the classroom data center.
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For more information regarding data notebooks, see the handbook for teachers, My Job, Your Job, Our Job: Building a Classroom Learning System, available to MCPS staff members through Dr. Michael Perich, Coordinator, Systemwide Continuous Improvement. For others, the document may be purchased through Dr. Perich. There is a fee of $15.00 plus shipping and handling.
Related Topics in Baldrige for Staff
- Building the Baldrige-guided Classroom Learning System
- Quality Tools
- The Classroom Culture
- Data Centers
- Data Notebooks/Folders
- Baldrige Quality Academies