Measuring sleep and its effect on engagement
Now that I’ve been bitten by the data bug with my mindset measurements, I see chances to explore all sorts of questions with my students.
One of the other big topics for the metacognition curriculum I want to teach is the value of sleep. So after Dr. Tae tweeted this awesome Stanford Slepiness Scale, I put together this quick warm up activity.
The results aren’t too surprising, at least to me and most other adults.
The one thing is the Stanford Sleepiness scale seems a bit backward at first glance in this graph, 1 is the most engaged, while 7 is the least engaged.
My students were pretty stunned by this graph, we talked about it for a few minutes and students saw that getting less than 6 hours a sleep at night all but guaranteed you would not be fully alert the next day. The results were so powerful that I even had a student come to me later that day to discuss strategies to get more sleep, giving a long commute and busy schedule.
A week later, we had a late start due to parents night (footage coming soon), and so I decided to take the same survey data agin.
There are a couple of very interesting things about this graph. First, obviously every student got way more sleep than usual. Second, the engagement is much better—every student is reporting that they feel awake, and all but a few are functioning at high levels. I find it most interesting that the trend exhibited by the data, as indicated by the best fit line is exactly the same as before. I’m now very curious to continue taking this data over the course of the year and see where it leads.