Taking data is overwhelming. We have busy freaken jobs. By the time you’ve had your kiddos check their schedules, made sure all of your centers are running smoothly, collected your materials, redirected, prompted, reinforced, (and you are doing this whole combo for the 12th time this morning) the LAST thing you need is some overly complicated data system for your academics. Because guess what? If it isn’t easy – you won’t be doing it. You just won’t. So keep it simple, basic, and straightforward. Here are my favorite tiny tips for making data collection a little bit more manageable: