Data is…

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When considering evidence and artifacts for our own growth and for evaluation, it is wise to broaden our understanding of “data”. Numbers do not tell the whole story. This word cloud, made with Tagxedo, notes many different types of data. They are retrieved from The Reflective Educator’s Guide to Classroom Research by Dana and Yendol-Hoppey (Corwin, 2014).

(Click here to view the interactive version.)

Author: Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick is an 18-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in Rudolph, WI. He now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District ( Matt also teaches online graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD ( and Lead Literacy (

8 thoughts on “Data is…”

    1. Yes, I like Tagxedo too and the way the words pop out when you hover over them. There are a lot of potential applications for this tool in the classroom. Too bad WordPress won’t let you embed i-frames into a post – you wouldn’t have to link out to do this.


  1. I’m saving this post to share with my principal and the teachers in my building. It’s too easy to get caught up in a number and we need to remember that we know so much more about our kids than what shows up on a spreadsheet.


    1. Julie, buy him or her the classroom research resource I referenced, too! 🙂 The same authors also wrote a book titled The Reflective Educator’s Guide to Professional Development. I would recommend it but I haven’t read it yet.


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