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.
There are a few different types of questions you can ask. The most relevant ones are:
Once you write all of the questions you are seeking answers to, find the Send Form button in the top left of the page. Once you click that, you will find lots of options for getting your form to your students.Choose 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:
If you are curious about the questions I asked of my students, here’s a table of the question types, and questions.