School’s (almost) out! Reflect with Google Forms

The end of a school year is always crazy busy. Field trips, assemblies, special projects, and final exams signal this to everyone. I suggest an addition to this list: a reflective survey. Using Google Forms, I ask my students some questions that trigger them to think about what they’ve learned in my course, and provide me with data to reflect on how I did as a teacher. To me, their learning and evaluation is what matters most. And, I can use what I learn from the survey to improve my practice next year.

To start a survey, open your Google Drive. Then click New>More>Google Forms.New-More-Google Form

 

There are a few different types of questions you can ask. The most relevant ones are:

Text Provides small text box for answer
Paragraph Text Provides large text box for answer
Multiple Choice Allows only one selection, chosen by radio button
Checkboxes Allows multiple selections
Choose from a list Allows only one selection, chosen from a drop down menu
Scale On a scale of 1-5….It’s a Likert scale
Grid A picture is worth a 1000 words on this type! (This screenshot shows a End-Of-Year Tech survey given to teachers, not the one I made for my students.)Grid

After you make a question, decide if you want to require students to answer that question or not, click Done and then Add item to start the next question.Done, required, add

 

Once you write all of the questions you are seeking answers to, find the Send Form button in the top left of the page. Send form buttonOnce you click that, you will find lots of options for getting your form to your students.Send formChoose whatever is best for you. I like to post a Short URL on our Google Classroom.

One other suggestion I have is to make the survey anonymous. I tell my students that I want them to be honest with me so I can get better. Since I teach middle school, and not every kid knows what anonymous means, I am sure to make that clear. While they are typing their answers, I stand by my “desk” (a tall projector cart) so that they won’t feel like I am peeking at their answers on screen. When making a Google Form that you want to be anonymous, be sure that the option “Automatically collect…” is unchecked.

 

My absolute favorite feature of using Google Forms is the Summary of Responses. It takes the data in the automatically generated spreadsheet and compiles it in neat and colorful ways. For example, on a scale question: how much did you learn scale

On a Grid question: Grid results

On Multiple Choice: Multiple choice results

On Text:Text resultsNotice the scroll bar to the side.

If you are curious about the questions I asked of my students, here’s a table of the question types, and questions.

To access the beautiful charts and graphs, click on Responses, then Summary of responses. Be enthralled. Be reflective. Be better next year.Summary of responses

 

 

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