We have exams every other week in American Foundations. I like to keep all of the exam scores visible as the semester progresses. As the scores come in every other week, I am able to quickly glance at the scores and see trends for both the overall class, but, more importantly, for students as well. This last week I noticed that a high-performing student did quite poorly on our most recent test. Her score was not consistent with her performance in the rest of the course. I decided to shoot her a short email telling her to keep her head up and avoid discouragement. I reminded her how hard she works on a weekly basis and that she's a great student. I received a reply from student thanking me for noticing and for caring. The week of the last exam had been particularly hard for her. She appreciated the encouragement.
While I regularly pray for my students, I also try to utilize the data in my course to help get a snapshot of my students. Combining pray with resources can be powerful! By strategically using the data in the grade book, a simple glance can help me to know which of my students may need some extra attention. It helps me reach the one.