Google Forms for Student Information

This will be my first year using Google Forms for obtaining student information. In previous years, I had parents return a paper-based form back to me. I only received half of them back so I am hoping that this Google Form will increase the amount I receive back. I will post a QR code that links to this form on my syllabus and email it to parents.

Another reason why I chose to use a Google Form is for the organization. Instead of sifting through all the forms to find a student, I can press "Command F" in the Responses Spreadsheet to find their information.

Are there any other questions that you add onto your student information form?

INB Pages for Equations of Parallel and Perpendicular Lines

This post has pictures and files of two foldables that I made over writing equations of parallel and perpendicular lines. Our pacing guide says this should be taught in one day but I feel like it is a lot of material to review and practice (especially for my students) so I decided to split it into two days. It took me about a week to figure out how I wanted to present this lesson so here are the final results!

I want students to color code the "m", "b", "x1", and "y1" in the following pictures. I had to go back and edit the page to make the "=" and "+" sign black. My book breaks this information up into four sections so I tried to make a foldable that did the same. Students can go back to those sections in the book for extra practice.

A lot of my interactive notebook pages this year have steps on the "left side" because many of my students need the scaffolding and list of steps to help them be successful. I normally do my "interactive" pages right behind our notes (read previous posts).

I am still 100% sure about this lesson which is why I have not filled it in yet. My students really struggled with this topic last year so I hope that these two new foldables will help.

Here are the files if you decide you want to use: 


Google Activity for Points, Lines, and Planes

This is a digital version of a previous blog post (Click Here). 

Students can interactively move the pieces to the correct definition, illustration, and naming of the terms.

Last year, my class sizes were all above 30 so it was hard to reserve any computer labs, iPads, or Chromebooks. However, I do have two small class sizes this year so I am hoping to be able to reserve these devices and be able to go digital in two of my classes this year. Fingers crossed! :)


How to Grade with Google Forms

This is a post on how to create a Google Form that will automatically grade your assignments. I am planning to use this tool with most of my formative assessments this upcoming school year.

Step 1: Create a blank Google Form. The first three questions in my Google Forms are always the class period (drop-down menu), last name (short answer), and first name (short answer). I also press "Required" on each question just so students can make sure that they answered every question.

Step 2: Click on the "Responses" tab and press the green button that says "Create Spreadsheet." It will ask you to either create a new spreadsheet or select an existing one. For new activities, I will always create a new spreadsheet.

Step 3: Go to the menu and press "Preview." This is where you will make your answer key so make sure that you type/select the correct answers. Press submit when you are finished. 

Step 4: Click "Add-Ons" on your spreadsheet menu and select "Get Add-Ons." Find the Flubaroo add-on and download.

Step 5: Once you have downloaded Flubaroo, go back to "add-ons" and press "Enable Flubaroo in this sheet."

Step 6: Go back to the same menu and press "Grade Assignment" under Flubaroo.

Step 7: Make sure that it says "identifies students" next to any student information. Click on your name for the answer key.

This is how it will look like when it grades. You can go back and forth between the sheets at the bottom. This is amazing and it will color code the answers for you. I can't wait to try this out with more assignments.

If you have any questions or if I missed anything, please leave a comment. :)

Classroom Organization: Behavior

I have learned that students need 3-5 classroom rules to be successful in the learning environment. I narrowed it down to 5 'non-negotiable' rules:

BE CONSISTENT when you are enforcing rules! If you tell students that they are on their second warning, you must contact their parents. Students like to test you and are not afraid to push the limits. This was my best year for classroom management (even though my class sizes were all above 30) and I did not have to write a single office referral. I give all credit to keeping up with my classroom rules and consequences.

It takes about two months for students to understand that you are serious and they catch on pretty fast. :)

If students break a rule, then I am going to write it in this form to keep record of. I am going to make multiple copies and each paper will be for one student. If a student does not receive any warnings, then they will not have one of these forms on file.

Any other "non-negotiable" rules that you use in your classroom?

Here are the files:


Classroom Organization: Binders

I am always on the lookout for more effective organization in the I'm going to write several posts that hopefully remind me to keep up with it!

I allow students to re-take any summative assessment.  My school policy states that students are allowed only one re-assessment on a summative per nine weeks (we have around 4 summative assessments per nine weeks). In our school district, summative assessments are worth 70% and formative assessments are worth 30% of their overall grade. This is a huge gap and I don't feel like it's fair that students should fail a class because they had one low summative grade.

Because I allow students to re-assess any summative assessment, I can see so many students develop that "growth mindset." I do not feel like students should worry about whether to re-take a test or not because "they may make another low test grade." Allowing students to re-assess takes this worry away from students.

Since I allow students to re-take assessments, I have extra grading and I need to be able to find the answer keys quickly! I put these binders on my bookshelf right behind me and can easily reach them if I need to re-grade an assessment.

I created the binder covers during the summer. 

My pacing guide is the first page that I see when I open up my binder. I normally use post-it notes on top of the days just in case I need to make extra copies, if something didn't go well, or anything else that I need to remember. 

I have each document printed out and put in a sheet protector. This has saved me so much time because if our network is down and I need to make extra copies, I already have it here with easy access!

Behind each sheet protector is the answer key to the assignment. I re-do all answer keys each year which is why it is not in a sheet protector. I know this seems like extra work but I found that if I re-do answer keys at the beginning of each year, it jogs my memory into what students had problems with and I can "better" my teaching. :)

If you like any of the templates, post a comment and I can upload it to this post!

Any other teachers have a certain way that they like to organize their binders?

Parallel and Perpendicular Lines Foldable

Below are pictures of my Parallel and Perpendicular Lines interactive notebook page.  I made this flip-book a month ago and I think these pages are going to be extremely helpful for my special education and ELL students.. I know that students are supposed to know this before they get to Geometry but, my students need the extra review.

I received inspiration for the steps of identifying whether two lines are parallel, perpendicular, or neither from Mrs. Atwoods blog post (Click Here). She has amazing interactive notebook pages and resources!

This flip-book fits perfectly in notebook without having to shrink it (if you lay it sideways).

I am planning to complete this whole flip-book on a block days (100 minutes). I'm going to break this flip-book up into two parts.

Part 1: We're going to review slope (first flap) and then we are going to practice with the following slope card sort. I already uploaded my Slopes Card Sort in a previous post (click here). 

Part 2: After the slope card sort, we are going to jump into parallel and perpendicular lines. Once our flip-book is complete, we are going to do another card sort. I will be uploading the other set later on this week to this post. 

If you can't tell, I have an extreme love for card sorts. :)

I feel like something is off with the flip-book though.... Thoughts? I haven't done this lesson before since I assumed that students remember how to do this, but every year I have to improvise and come up with last minute problems to review slope.

Here are the following files: 


Google Activity for Angles in Triangles

I made this Google Digital Task Cards for students to practice the triangle sum theorem and the exterior angle theorem. Students are able to copy and paste solution cards on top of the task card on the slides.

The next two slides are my favorite because this year I am going to start saying "show your thinking" instead of "show your work." Students can insert text boxes, drawings, or comments on how they received the answer they did. I am excited to see how students arrived at the correct answer.

Directions for Google use:
1. After you have downloaded the resource into your Google Drive, make a copy to share with your students. It is important to make a copy so that students do not make any changes to the original.

2. Share the COPIED link to your students (not the original). Make sure that you press "can edit".

3. Students will then be able to access the copied link in their Google Drive. When students are finished, they can share the final product with you.

You can avoid all of these steps by setting up a Google Classroom and submitting this as an assignment. Google Classroom will automatically send out the link to your students, make a copy, and allow the students to upload it back to you. 

If you can think of any way that I can edit this to make it better, please leave a comment. 
Please leave a comment if I made any mistakes and I will gladly correct them. :)

Here is the file: