For the last three weeks I’ve been preoccupied with the notion of data walls. What’s your opinion? Do they motivate students, or reinforce status? Does it promote student ownership of their performance, or is it another form of ranking?
I tweeted an unbiased question to Ilana Horn and Rick Wormeli. As you can see Ilana responded, no holds barred. She followed up with another tweet linking to one of her informative posts on status.
I don’t believe I’m cherry picking, but below are two examples I see as typical. Are any of these classes tracked? If you were Student #9 in Group 5 how would you feel? Is this the type of motivation we want? Even though #9 is anonymous, I’d bet his/her classmates could identify the student.
Here’s another example. Student identity is less revealing, however don’t be fooled. The students know who owns what sticker.
Equally or perhaps even more important than the idea of motivation or “capturing” learning (I use “capture” loosely) is how data walls contribute to a social structure where students are ranked and status is assigned to various students.
Please read Ilana Horn.