If you’re like any other teacher or administrator I know, you are busy. You need to deliver effective instruction to your students, meet the demands of your school and district, and manage your own personal responsibilities, all at the same time. You have good intentions about giving feedback that is timely and purposeful for your students or teachers. With limited time, how do you go about doing this?

Technology presents a unique opportunity to allows students access to your feedback in effective, efficient ways, following several steps. By setting up the parameters, you can have the tools in your arsenal to deliver effective, personalized feedback that’s powerful (and impresses your principal!). This is also a great way for administrators to deliver feedback to teachers—something we know they want! Peer feedback works using this method, too.

There are three steps to this process that, once set up, anyone can do. But first, a caveat: You must use a Google account. If you don’t already have one, sign up through Gmail now.

The 3-step tech-driven feedback process

Step 1: Create a form
Forms are an excellent and easy way to collect information. I use forms all the time to categorize information specific to feedback, a letter to a group of students or parents, etc. I just create the form and then enter the information. If you have never created a Google Form, or you’re unsure of how to do it, this quick-and-easy tutorial will show you how.

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Step 2: Collect the feedback in an easy-to-read format
You might want to share a feedback score on persuasive writing clarity, or some other feedback you’re giving to your class, like from a rubric grade.

Here are some examples of how you might want to collect information, or give feedback:

  • Online assessments (Google Forms now allows teachers to create and grade quizzes)
  • Collecting data for science experiments
  • Brainstorming ideas in class
  • Completing a reading journal or log
  • Surveying students or parents
  • Peer feedback

Step 3: Share the responses
When Google Form responses get collected in a Google Sheet, they can be challenging to read if the answers are long (essays, open-ended questions, etc.). By using the add-on “Save as Doc,” you can turn your forms into an easy-to-read document to print and/or share. Here’s how to do it.

About the Author:

Dr. Michael Gaskell has been principal of Hammarskjold Middle School in East Brunswick, N.J. since 2006, following experience as a special educator and assistant principal in Paramus, NJ. Gaskell achieved his doctorate in educational leadership in 2014 and continues to model the pursuit of lifelong learning as he serves as a mentor to new principals in other schools through the NJEA Leaders to Leaders program. In his work as a principal, he works tirelessly to support instructional excellence, his faculty, the district, and, most important, the children as benefactors of idea sharing.