Tracking Student Progress – Marzano DQ2

Track student progress to help your students progress!

Keep reading to find out how your students can make more progress by tracking their own progress.

One of my favorite sayings is, “goals without a plan are just wishes.” To achieve any goal, you need a plan, and all good plans have waypoints. Think of student learning like a diet or exercise program. If you don’t weigh in every so often, how will you know it’s working? You won’t. How will you know if your plan needs adjustments? You won’t.

Marzano’s second element is to track student progress. The concept is the same as with dieting. If your students don’t monitor their progress, how will they know if they’re learning? They won’t. As importantly, how will you know if the teaching strategies and methods you choose to use are being successful? You won’t. The more frequently you monitor and track the success of your instruction, the quicker and better you’ll be able to adjust to meet the needs of your learners.

In my classroom, I monitor and track student learning very frequently in both formal and informal ways. Informally, I ask a lot of questions or have my students quiz each other verbally. Listening to their responses gives me an idea of what misconceptions I need to address on the spot. I also have students track their daily progress on a learning log (CLICK HERE for a free copy of one I use) to make them aware of the progress they are (or at least perceive themselves to be) making.

Of course, the ultimate measure of their learning is how they do on assessments. Students record and graph their progress in a data section of their binders, and I also track this by class and by grade level in a data binder of my won which is also a great piece of evidence to show administrators during observations.

If you would like to learn more about Marzano’s elements and approach to teaching, CLICK HERE for a blogpost about his placemat which is a great place to start.

Track student progress to help your students progress!