Back to School Tips for the Best Year Ever!

Let's do this! It is time to go back to school and begin an another amazing year! Here are my top three tips for having the best year ever! These tips will help with classroom management for your middle school or high school classroom. 
Back to school tips for the new school year. Make the new year memorable and amazing!

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Innovative Classroom Technology Day



Classroom teachers across the nation are including innovative technology in their everyday teaching. These teachers know and realize that technology is the future of education. Whether you are a seasoned classroom technology expert or even if you are just beginning to dip your toes into the classroom tech pool, today, Innovative Classroom Technology Day, is the perfect day to explore new technology to use in your classroom.

One new way to introduce innovative technology into your classroom is through digitally based and delivered educational resources. I love Google Classroom because I am able to easily deliver digital content and assignments to my students.

One of my favorite digital teaching resources is my SMARTePlans Growth Mindset Digital Interactive Notebook because it helps students realize and unlock their true potential.

To celebrate Innovative Classroom Technology Day, here are some informative blog posts and engaging digital lessons to use in your classroom.



What kind of innovative technology are you using in your classroom?

Google Forms in the Classroom Part 3: 10 Ways to Use Google Forms in Your Classroom


10 ways to use Google Forms in the classroom for effective instruction and 1:1 classroom management
If you aren’t using Google Forms in your classroom yet, you and your students are missing out on the limitless possibilities Google Forms offers. And to make using Google Forms in the classroom even more teacher-friendly, Google recently announced at ISTE 2016 that Google Forms now have an automatic grading option. Here are 10 ways that I like to utilize Google Forms in my classroom.

1. Collect Data
Google Forms is a data-collection application. It is designed to collect data and transpose that information neatly into a Google Sheet. Anytime you need to collect some information from your students, fellow colleagues, or parents, Google Forms is the way to go.

2. Pre Assessment Tool
I started using Google Forms in my classroom last year as a pre-assessment tool. I would have students log into their Google Classroom accounts and take a quick 10 minute pretest. As teachers, we have so much work to grade already, and Google Forms eases that load. Plus, it provides teachers with instant access to data.

TEACHING TIP: Once the students were finished taking the test, I projected a summary of the responses on the board and went over the answers. This provides students with a visual to look at as you introduce the topic -plus, it’s anonymous.

3. Class Survey
Class surveys are an essential part of the school experience, especially in the beginning or end of the school year. Using classroom surveys in Google Forms makes data collection easy!

4. Bell Ringer/Exit Slip
I love using Google Forms for a way to collect my students’ bell ringer or exit slip work because it is quick and easy, and helps eliminate excessive paper use.

5. Final Assessment
Google Forms has several features that make creating and administering final assessments a breeze. One feature is the ability to automatically shuffle the questions. This feature helps reduce copying and cheating. Another feature is data validation. With data validation, you can set the form to only move on to the next question once the student has inputted a desired answer. The final feature is the required button. This button forces each student to at least attempt a question before submitting the test.

6. Digital Restroom Pass/Sign Out Sheet
If you create one form that students complete before they go, you will have a running record of for every time a student leaves class. This will help if you need to find a pattern. This also helps in classrooms with more mature students because they can just fill out the form and use the restroom when needed.
7. Flipped Classroom Activities and Assessments
With Google Forms, you can add in videos and pictures to help students connect with the content. Doing so helps make for a great flipped classroom lesson and activity.

8. Parent Feedback
Having one uniform Google Form for parent feedback is a great way to solicit constructive feedback from parents.

9. Confidential Student Reporting
There are so many times when students want to tell you something, but they don’t because they don not want to even be seen talking to the teacher. If something is happening in your classroom, students can fill out a confidential student reporting form.  You can still collect their name, but the confidentiality stays with you.

10. Homework collection
This year I plan to convert as many homework assignments into Google Forms as possible. As an English teacher, this shouldn’t be too difficult. If students are answering comprehension questions, they can do so in a Google Form. If students are typing a summary, they can do so in a Google Form.

Google Forms are ideal for educators trying to go as paperless as possible. How do you use Google Forms in your classroom?