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.