Monday, July 16, 2018

Digital Student Portfolios {Cut Down on Paper!!}

Does your school require you to maintain student portfolios?  In the past, I've had students keep their work in binders, file folders, etc.  This can require a lot of materials and take up TONS of space.  My solution?  DIGITAL PORTFOLIOS!
<<Click this link to download the directions or see the directions below>>

Here's how you make them:

You can also import digital files that your students have created (Google Slides presentations, etc.) and add those in as well.  If you have a computer, laptop, iPad, or Chromebook that has a camera, you can also use those to allow students to create their own digital portfolios. 

You will definitely be happy that you saved yourself some paper and space in your classroom. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Using Google Forms as Quick Checks

Do you give your students exit slips or quick checks to assess their mastery of a skill that you're currently teaching?  I've done this in many different forms, from a short half-sheet of paper, to a post-it note that they put on a quick check board (thanks to Monster Wrangler Mike's brilliant idea!).  Now that we are becoming more technology-driven at my school, I've come up with a much easier way to assess my students.

Google Forms has completely changed the assessment game for me.  I can now quickly type up a few questions, send it out to my students in Google Classroom, and then have instant data in order to pull small groups or reteach a skill if necessary.  Since the quick checks that I give are not multiple choice, I've made Google forms work for me (by formatting it to automatically color-code the responses based on the answers) so that I can quickly determine which students are mastering the standards and which ones I need to pull for small group instruction or interventions.

Follow the step-by-step directions below to see exactly how I create the quick checks and formulate the data to work for me.  You can also click here to download a PDF of the steps.

Links to a free quick check and Excel Sheet that is already formatted are underneath the steps that are below, so keep reading and scrolling!

Click here to download a copy of the Measurement quick check shown in the step-by-step instructions.  You can also click here to download a copy of the pre-formatted spreadsheet.  Simply save it to your Google Drive and then when you go to export your student responses to a Google Sheet, select this file instead of creating a new one.

I hope this helps you to be able to create your own quick checks, or to even just help you navigate Google Forms easier in order to make your own assessments that work for your unique classroom situation.  Enjoy and please e-mail me if you have any questions.  

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Classification Unit for Google Classroom

Science hasn't typically been my favorite subject to teach in the past, but this year I've been trying to make it more fun.  I decided to try something new when planning my unit on Classification.  In previous years, I have read through the textbook and given the test from the book to my kids.  Boring!  Keep reading to see how I made this unit interactive and engaging through the use of technology, specifically, Google Classroom!

I have written out explicit lesson plans for introducing the unit with the class as well as how to incorporate each of the components below:

Before you even begin the unit I give my students a pre assessment.  The pre assessment allows me to see what my class already knows and exactly who knows what about classification.  The pre assessment is in a google form that I send out to them in Google Classroom.  It's incredibly easy, it grades their assessment right away, and it gives me instant data!
Classwork and Research:
First, your students will use links in their directions page to research the different types of Classification.  They will fill in their Google Doc with information they gather from their research.
Students will show what they know from their research by creating a Google Slides presentation.  I have provided a pre-made presentation that you can give them as an outline.  For students who struggle with organization, this is a great way for them to know that they are on track to having all slides required for the project.  Students may use the slides provided and add their information, or create their own slides.
Presentation:  I have my students present their presentations when they are all finished.  This is a great way to have students practice public speaking and for them to show off their hard work to their peers.  My students LOVED doing this.  While they present, I'm able to quickly grade their presentations with....
Each student will receive a copy of a digital blank rubric in Google Sheets.  It's already formatted, so all you have to do is open that child's copy, add the scores, and it calculates their grade on the bottom!
Post Assessment:
After the unit is over, I give my students a post assessment, which is similar to the pre assessment but with different questions.  This is also in Google Forms so the grades and data are generated immediately.
This unit has been one of my most successful as a teacher, and one of the most fun for my students.  Their growth from the pre to the post assessment was outstanding and a great data piece to show administration.

Find this pack HERE.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Task Tents™

Are you looking for a fun resource for reviewing various skills and content with your students?  Look no further!  Check out Task Tents™!

Task Tents™ are a fun way to get your students moving around while practicing, reviewing, and assessing their mastery on specific skills and standards. Students will move around with a partner answering questions on one side of the Task Tent™. They will record their answer and have it checked by their partner, who has the answer on the other side. Each pair will keep track of their correct answers and total them up at the end.

Task Tents are currently available for 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade in the following subject areas:

Check my store, or search Task Tents on Teachers Pay Teachers to find more Task Tents as I continue to add them.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Using Quizizz with Google Classroom

How many of you love to use technology in your classroom?  I feel like I'm always searching for new, innovative ways to engage my students in our curriculum as well as finding opportunities for assessment.  I can't wait to tell you how I'm using Quizizz and Google Classroom with my students this year.
Quizizz is a great online assessment resource that allows your students to complete quizzes interactively, either live with the rest of your class, or on their own time.  You can have all students taking a Quiz at one time and view the results as they are taking it, or you can assign it in the future and download all the results when they're complete.  It's also really easy to customize quizzes already made and make your own new quizzes specific to what you're doing in the classroom.

My favorite part?  Did you know that if you assign a quiz for homework, you can connect it to Google Classroom?  Now I'm able to assign digital homework and set it up so that it's scheduled to send out to my students each day.  It sure beats making copies of assignments and having them get left either at school or at home.

Check out my tutorial video to see how you can utilize Quizizz and also incorporate it into Google Classroom: