How Do I Know It's Working? A Teacher's Search for Evidence

ID: 50465 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Melissa Warr and Richard West, Brigham Young University, United States

Tuesday, March 7 11:50 AM-12:10 PM Location: Capitol H View on map

Presider: Rena Robey, Johns Hopkins University/DoD, United States

Abstract: Most educators agree that educational efficacy increases when teachers use data to make instructional decisions. Teachers also develop experiential knowledge that assists in many of the day-to-day decisions made in the classroom. When teachers begin using adaptive online programs to deliver individualized instruction, the roles of data-driven decision making and personal practical knowledge shift. The online program can continually assess the needs of each student and deliver targeted instruction to meet these needs, diminishing teachers’ need to guide daily instruction. Teachers are left with the task of evaluating the online program, a task that calls for greater reliance on measurable evidence. In this paper, we present a summary of one teacher’s experience shifting from directing all instruction to searching for evidence that technology is meeting student needs. We then discuss implications for pre- and in-service teacher education.

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