Sometimes we all forget how important clear, undisputed data can be. We are often unaware of the progress that our children (or ourselves) have made. Keeping data and charting that information helps us remain aware of improvements. More importantly, creating progress charts helps prove to ourselves that our hard work is paying off.
I’ve found that teaching elementary students how to complete charts and allowing them to pick any specific skill area (I.e., # of free throws made out of 20 attempts, or typing words per minute) promotes a positive mindset, confidence, and a generally positive skill that we should all remember to use. I made a simple chart in Word (see link below) and distributed it to a counseling group I met with and found marked improvements in every student.
I encourage you all to pick one area, create a plan on how to improve it, and chart your progress. You will likely be amazed at how much your hard work pays off. I’d be happy to provide further information about how to do this, how to calculate percentage of growth, or anything else you’d like. Good luck!