Using Google Forms for anecdotal notes



Do you take anecdotal notes in your classroom? This phrase used to absolutely terrify me. My administration would constantly be telling us to take anecdotal notes for every subject and behavior... but I was stumped how to do this. How was I supposed to teach, manage a classroom, plan a lesson, juggle 28 children... while taking notes?

Every evaluation, referral, or parent question, they want to see them. I found anecdotal notes tedious, and honestly I hate writing by hand. My handwriting is terrible, and I dislike looking at my beautiful teacher planners covered in ugly handwriting (yes, I am aware of how shallow this is). Google Forms has made my anecdotal note-taking SO. MUCH. EASIER.

I initially got the idea after seeing a fourth-grade teacher in my hallway using an Excel Spreadsheet for her notes. I loved the efficiency of it, yet it seemed like a lot of work to continually have to insert a new row and type in the date each time. I realized that I could easily use Google Forms to make my notes instead.

Would you like to create anecdotal notes using Google Forms on your own? Follow my step-by-step directions below!

STEP ONE: First, I created a new form on Google Forms. I did not insert a part for the date, because Google Forms automatically date-stamps everything- even the exact time that the note is written! How easy is that?!? I included name, note, and a multiple choice selection for Math, Reading, Writing, Social Studies, Science, and Behavior.


STEP TWO: Push "Send," email to yourself, then bookmark this page!!!!! You can quickly click on it when you are doing small groups in math or language arts, or when you notice good or poor behavior suddenly pop up.


STEP THREE: Look at the results! Click on "Responses" on the form, then click the little green box with the white cross on it to look at your results in a spreadsheet.



STEP FOUR: Spreadsheet and data fun time! Now, I created a fake Google Form, not using my real one on the blog for privacy reason. What's great about the spreadsheet is that you can sort by date, name, or subject (looking at all the math, writing, reading, or behavior goals together!). You can look by kid to see trends over time.



My anecdotal records have gone from zero to sixty instantly. I am enthralled about using these records this year to document and witness student behavior trends! Google Forms is the best, I have started using it for so much of my data collection. Look for more Google Forms blog posts in the future! Love that it makes data and record-keeping so much easier :-)


Do you feel overwhelmed by anecdotal notes? I did, until I realized how much easier and more efficient that Google Forms makes taking these records on students for guided reading, math, writing, and behavior. Not only is it more efficient, but Google Forms is free! This is about to make your life SO. MUCH. EASIER. (at least it did for me :-) )


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