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  1. Alisa Shapiro-Rosenberg

    YES YES YES YES YES. But ‘Data Driven Decision Making’ is a ‘thing’ and it’s in our schools right now, and decision-makers dig it big time. They don’t see any diff between math scores and SLA ‘data.’ I was told, ‘If you love it you can measure it!’

    So we gotta know how to deal with it, if only to keep the monkey off our back.

  2. Alisa Shapiro-Rosenberg

    And since my keen eye for the obvious is now twitching outta control, one of the best ways is to guide an observer/evaluator on what to look for while observing your class. Does the T use the TL to communicate? Do the Ss demonstrate comprehension of what the T is saying/reading? If early AND later in year observation (optimal), draw attention to rate and complexity growth over time – use any ‘data’ – such as time write bar graphs, etc, show increasingly longer collaborative stories or novels, show target lists etc. – anything you got to satisfy and assuage their need for their kind of widget data. I truly believe they don’t get it or care, but wanna cover their A$$ (to their bosses/state laws, etc.) with the data you provide….

  3. The free write bar graphs go a long way in dealing with such admins. But I guess they don’t write until 6th grade. I remember one 6th grader in Delhi who ended up the year being able to write 350 words in ten minutes and it was quality.

  4. Two new things for you next year Craig, and both long overdue, looking back over the years:

    1. New school
    2. The Invisibles and the star sequence to provide you with a solid curriculum fully in line with the standards and research.

    Looking forward to frequent reports in the fall but now rest, take that needed time to rebuild.

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