Using Surveys as a Form of Checking In

I often instruct formally and follow up with informally “hopping around” to see the students to see where they need help.  While doing a lesson on Truman and the Atomic Bomb (in which I curated resources that the students were to use), we decided to link a form which would serve as a check in feature.


I was able to see immediate response to the form and know exactly what to discuss with each student.  It worked really well and I was able to detect trends, which I later used for group instruction.

As a class, we discussed:

  • how to determine if opinion is “expert opinion” or just reliable information
  • how to deal with locating statistics which differ on various sites (what to do in that case)
  • how to begin with a “sloppy copy” of an annotated bibliography and turn it into a more formal revision
  • how to locate additional sources from scholarly journals and interact with them, once found
  • how to locate and use our eBooks

I will certainly use forms more often to guide students in monitoring their progress during the research process.  It was simple through a Google Form.  The students saw this view of the form while I received responses in spreadsheet form (copied above with the exclusion of personal student information)

I liked it!  I will do it again much more often!  I’m thinking of guided monitoring of the research process for our 9th and 10th grade students and moving towards formalized self monitoring for the 11th and 12th grade students.