Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Parent Survey Using Google Form

I hope everyone had a great summer (although I know a lot of you have already been back in your classrooms for a while.) I went back to work this week.  Our "Meet the Teacher" Night is Thursday so I've been busy getting everything ready.

Meet The Teacher Night is always such a whirlwind (and I can never remember everything that my students' parents tell me), so I like to have a Google Form Survey for every parent to fill out. What I love about using Google Form is that it compiles the results into one Spreadsheet!

Here is a copy of the one I have created for the year.

How do you create a Google Form you may ask? It's super easy, as long as you have a Gmail or Google account.

First, log in to your Google Drive, Click New and Create a New Google Form

Next, choose your theme

Now, it's time to add your questions. 

Your can change the type of question by just clicking on the item that says Text, beside Question Type. 

Here is an example of how to fill out a multiple choice or list. 

At the top of your form, you will see a place to click on View Live Form, this will show you what everyone else will see.  You can also click on View Your Responses to see your survey results.

Now, you're next stop is finding a way to share your form with your parents. 
You have several options. 

Click on Share in the top left right hand corner.
You can share the form via email, embed the form or share that long complicated link. 

In the past I have just had the form pulled up on my class computers, but they inevitably get closed out and the next parent can't fill it out.  

So this year, I'm trying something new. 

This year I will have iPads in my classroom, but the great thing about this is that the parents can also use their Smartphones! 

I will post this around the room so parents can complete the survey. 

Since the link is so long, I used Google Url Shortener.  The link is goo.gl

Just paste your link URL. 

Then it gives you a shortened URL and a QR Code!

 I know it sounds like a lot of steps, but it really doesn't take long at all to create!

Google Form is also a great tool to use with your students! 
Hint...Hint... I might be sharing some of that soon.  

Have you had any great experiences or great ideas using Google Forms? I'd love to hear about it in the contacts!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Going to the Chapel...I Mean Beach!

It has been so long since I blogged, I've been staring at my screen for 20 minutes trying to figure out how to start.  Isn't this supposed to be like climbing back on a bike?

My main excuse for not posting since MARCH is because of you know...getting married and all!

Yep that's right! I got married on June 22!  It was beautiful! It was a small wedding, but it was just what we wanted. We got married on the beach in Destin, FL and a storm was coming in so the pictures are amazing.

Do you wanna see?  I know you do!

Isn't he handsome?

Those clouds...

If anyone knows me, they know my trademark is a hand on the hip!

Gosh those clouds!

I wish I had a professional picture of this. I love the sign I made with my Cameo (Shoutout to my mom and dad for building the sign!)


The restaurant we had our reception was on a dock and this is my favorite picture!

This one makes me giggle!

And my family is AWESOME!

I love our picture frame (Thanks again Cameo)

Our pictures were by British Touch Photography if you are in the Destin area!

It's been a crazy few months and I've been much more focused on becoming a wife than anything else.

Now that I've made a return to blogging, hopefully I'll be back soon with you know....some teaching ideas. :)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Cleaning!

Do you ever have the urge to do a little spring cleaning?? I can't wait until my spring break to do some major changes!  But for now, while I'm still stuck in school with winter weather, spring cleaning at TPT will have to do!

I am joining some of my friends to participate in a Spring Cleaning Sale.  

Do you want to take part? This is all you have to do...

1-Comment on all of the purchases you have made in TPT.  Did you know that you get credit for leaving feedback?  This adds up and you can get discounts when you check out. AWESOME!

2-Open your wish list and add the items to your cart that you just have to have to make it through the rest of the year!

3-Purchase these fabulous items after you've left all of the feedback!

Click here to visit my store. And here are some of my friends who are taking part too!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

WANTED! A Pirate Activity

As most of you know, I moved from third grade to fourth grade this year.  I love, love, love teaching fourth grade.  One reason I love it so.... is because I get to teach NC History.

A little known fact about me is I love History! I love watching the History Channel, reading history books and being an all out nerd (especially when it comes to American History). I even wanted to be a high school history teacher once upon a time.

I've always loved NC History, even when I was a little fourth grader myself.  One reason why North Carolina is so cool is because of PIRATES! Yep, here in the Carolinas we have an interesting relationship with historical figures like Blackbeard, Stede Bonnet, Mary Read and Anne Bonny. They might have caused a raucous a couple of hundred years ago, but students today love learning about them!

We get the North Carolina Social Studies Weekly (which I love since I'm new to the grade).  They have one for every state. How cool is that? A few weeks back we read up on some of the infamous pirates that were important to North Carolina.  We also read these fabuloso books!

So I created some Wanted Pirate Posters and my kiddos added some information about their favorite pirates.

My teammate had the students create their own pirates and they turned out super cute too!

I've uploaded the file on Google Docs, if you would like a copy for your students! Just Click on the picture below.

What is your favorite part about teaching the grade you're currently in? I'd love to hear!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

3 Million Strong!

I'm sure you have already heard about the huge sale at TeachersPayTeachers! THREE MILLION!?!?! That's crazy sauce!

I love the sales, mainly because my wishlist is always full! Moving to fourth grade this year, has been quite the transition.

Since I moved to fourth grade, I haven't made many new things since I'm still learning the curriculum (and busy spending time with my hunny!) But, here are some of my favorite products that can help you throughout the rest of the year! 

Click here to visit my store and check out some of my other products!

What's on your wishlist, I'd love to hear! Happy Shopping!  

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Valentine's Day Class List Freebie

Happy February! So I said that I wanted to post twice a week on January 2nd. About that....

Well, I may have not posted lately. But I have a freebie for you!

Yesterday I was working on my class list for Valentine's Day and I posted this picture on Instagram.

One of you fabulous followers requested that I add it to TPT. So I figured why not? I can share the love.  Besides it is almost Valentine's Day!

You can download an editable version from my store here.  It is a PowerPoint file, so just add a text box and type! I hope that you can use it! (or tuck it away for next year)

Also, you should follow me on Instagram here! My name is "adventuresinthird"!  I might not blog often anymore, but I always Instagram! :)

It's Hump Day Guys! I can see the weekend.  Enjoy the rest of your week!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year and a Little Freebie!

Can you believe that it is 2014?  I am in shock! This past year flew by!  2013 was an incredible year for me personally and professionally.  Here are some highlights from the year!

  • I met the love of my life and became engaged all in the span of 6 months!
  • I moved into a new apartment that I love. 
  • I traveled a lot! I went to Vegas and got to spend some time with some fabulous bloggers! 

  • I went to Gatlinburg, Asheville, Charleston, and Washington, DC with my then boyfriend (now future hubs). 

  • I saw my sister for the first time in two years!

  • I moved from third grade to fourth grade (and have loved every minute!)
  • I bought a MacBook (a lifelong dream-haha)
So 2013 was a year where I focused a lot more on my personal life, instead of blogging. I'm hoping to change that.  I miss you guys!  I'm not into resolutions because I never keep them. But I do have some goals set for the following year!
  • Plan a kickass wedding 
  • Blog two times a week
  • Work on some of my ideas that I have in my TPT Ideas Notebook
  • Learn how to use my Silhouette
So yep, those are my goals for the year.  Send some positive thoughts my way!

Oh, did you see the title? Yes I have a freebie for you!  I went back to school today. Today, you say? Yep....today!  

I felt a little off track with Reading Workshop by the end of December, so I wanted to get focused the first day back.  So today, during the minilesson we reviewed expectations and procedures.  Then, the students filled out a Reflection and Goal Setting Sheet for Reading Workshop. 

I met with each of my "buzz groups" and we discussed goals and ways to achieve those goals.  These reflections really helped me to see where my kids were at and I hope that it helped them set some good goals for the rest of fourth grade!

If you would like this goal setting sheet, CLICK HERE or on the picture above.  Just download it from Google Docs. Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy! I hope you can use it!

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