Is there a number, any number really, that I would want to define me?
Driving test score
Often I'm in meetings when we talk about kids, then list numbers associated with that kid. Do we spend enough time on the qualitative descriptions of students than we do the test scores that they achieve.
What if we started discussing:
I'm not asking to eliminate ALL data from conversations with students, I'm just asking us to not LEAD with data. Let's lead with the things that make a student special, unique, individual and real.
I'll be honest and say there is NO, I repeat NO, number I want to define me. Please don't let numbers define the kids in your schools.