I know I should take better care of myself. I should do cardio, I should do strength training, I should eat better, I should take supplements. And I know this because I understand that without doing these things I will not take full advantage of my most important possession, my body. We all have friends who do this without a problem and are very dedicated to fitness and improving their health.  The problem is that they are not the majority, and simply by watching the news we know that the average person is one of us saying “I should.” “I should” is a very powerful human statement, it translates to “I know if I did this I would have huge benefits and I am planning on doing this but I cannot commit to it right now.”

Now let’s look at the amount of data we collect in the day-to-day life of educating our kids.  First of all we need to understand that there is no other industry that collects more data; working in K-12 means that data is everywhere.  But like our fitness, we use “I should” a whole lot.  We know that the data we collect holds many secrets to helping us improve our education process, but things get in our way.  Now like our fitness-savvy friends, there are those people, schools, or districts in K-12 that use data to the fullest, who always seem to find the time and resources. But again we simply have to watch the news to see that is not the norm. Most districts are like the rest of us, knowing that data analysis is important, but not fully committing to doing it.

Reasons for not getting my body in better shape include:

  • No time
  • Takes too long
  • Too hard
  • Do not have the right tools
  • Do not know how
  • Need help but do not want to ask for help
  • Do not know where to start
  • It can be costly and I do not have the money
  • and many more

Reasons for not using the data we already own are:

  • No time
  • Takes too long
  • Too hard
  • Do not have the right tools
  • Do not know how
  • Need help but do not want to ask for help
  • Do not know where to start
  • It can be costly and I do not have the money
  • And many more

Amazing how the two most important items in our personal and professional life mirror each other. In both cases, we let excuses and roadblocks get in the way.  I say to you, 2013 is truly the year we will get in SHAPE.  I will be providing inspirational stories during 2013 to show you how easy it really is to get in shape with your data and the great benefits you will gain.

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