Celebrating Non-Data Victories in Education part 1
What is a Non-Data Victory?
Non-Data Victories (NDV): immeasurable accomplishments in education
Origin of the term NDV
We are borrowing a page out of the fitness and dieting world, wherein there is a common term called NSV which stands for Non-Scale victories. This is a way of celebrating progress that may not show up on the scale. In dieting, this progress may manifest in fitting in smaller clothes or having more energy for activities. For these proofs of accomplishment, someone may celebrate by purchasing a new, smaller wardrobe or enrolling in a fitness club or sport.
When this concept is applied to education – the doors are blown open
Examples of NDV’s
Although not a comprehensive list (yet) these examples of NDV’s give you an example of the types of immeasurable accomplishments that can (and should) be celebrated in the classroom.
An NDV can be a student persevering through an obstacle
- attendance improvement
- work completion
- behavior improvement
An NDV can be a student’s non-core curricular accomplishments
- getting into a show, recital, competition
- displaying work prominently
- achieving a new skill level
An NDV can be a student showcasing positive character traits
- displaying leadership
- spreading kindness
Why we need to celebrate NDV’s
Celebrating non-data victories offer a variety of benefits to you and your students.
For our students
- NDV’s demonstrate to students the importance of their hard work
- NDV’s give students who aren’t strong in academics a chance to shine
- NDV’s provide students a well-rounded view of a range of valued skills
- NDV’s show students that they are more than a number/test score
For ourselves as educators
- NDV’s give us a chance to acknowledge under-recognized students
- NDV’s offer classes an opportunity to share in each others’ successes
- NDV’s motivate us to seek out the personal strengths of all students
- NDV’s give us a larger picture of the difference we are making as educators
More to come
This is part one of a two-part series from Joy in Teaching about non-data victories. Where this article explores the “what” and the “why” when it comes to celebrating Non-Data Victories, part two will explore the “how”.
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