Wednesday, December 6, 2017

4 ways to incorporate PBLs into your day when time is low

Not sure how to incorporate a PBL into your day with limited time? These four ideas will make project-based learning activities a breeze in your elementary classroom!

Students will conduct self-guided research and work while finding a creative solution to a real-life problem, then present it in an articulate manner to their peers while they eagerly await kind yet meaningful & constructive feedback. Sound too good to be true? Until I got the hang of PBLs, I would answer "YES!" a million times.

As I utilized PBLs more and more in the classroom, I started seeing shortcuts and tips that would make a PBL fit better into a day, and allow students to truly focus on the task at hand. Students would often get lost in the process, and focus on the incorrect topic. I struggled to find the balance of self-direction and scaffolding. My first PBL of the year is generally, well, not so great. It's my students first time having so much self-directed independence and work. However, it doesn't have to be like this! If you're prepared and mentally ready for a PBL with a few quick tips, it will make your PBL run smooth and efficiently!

Are you familiar with PBLs? PBL stands for project-based learning. Many teachers are apprehensive to start a PBL in their classroom. PBLs are fantastic for gifted students. Instead of simply teaching students about a specific subject, it allows students to develop 21st-century skills to solve a real-life problem or develop a career oriented strategy. In this PBL, students work to research and make real-life decisions while designing an Ancient Egyptian museum. When done well, they are a true cornerstone of a constructivist classroom.

PBLs start with a hook and a driving question. This is a way to "hook" students and get them excited about the educational journey that they are about to begin. There is also a driving question that students will be grappling with until their final end goal. For my Ancient Egyptian PBL, the question is "How can you, as an Ancient museum curator, convince people to visit your museum?". This question is constantly looked at during the PBL to help students stay on track. Students complete a series of tasks that lead up to the final cumulative project of creating a commercial to convince potential guests to visit the museum that they created.

Here are four tips to utilize time most efficiently in the classroom when doing project-based learning!

1. Chunk it!
I used to give my students the driving question and tell them to start making magic! (Un)shockingly, this was a disaster. My students are in third-grade, giving them the world to work with but expecting them to be detailed and stay on topic was setting them up for failure.

I created my PBL resources so that everything is small and chunked up. Teachers guide students in small pieces to ultimately create their solution to a real-life problem. Instead of giving students directions to "create a museum and then a commercial," I broke everything up. For example, on Monday they work on researching a good location along the Nile for their Museum. On Tuesday, they focus on hieroglyphics to design their museum name. Next, they research Ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses to hire as a tour guide. Putting everything into small tasks is less overwhelming for kids, and allows students to focus on the learning and task at hand.

2. Incorporate it into other subjects
If I only did a social studies PBL during social studies, it would take forever! My school only allots 40 minutes a day to either social studies or science. This is simply not enough time to do a PBL in a speedy and efficient manner. Integrate and incorporate your PBLs into other spots in the day where you see fit.

For example, during my literacy stations I incorporate parts of my Ancient Egypt PBL. One of the tasks involves students reading a passage about Ancient Egyptian food choices. Students then use the learned knowledge to create a menu for a restaurant at the museum. Another reading passage explains how mummification worked, students then break the passage into easy sequencing steps that a tour guide could easily explain to guests. One of the tasks involve calculating a daily and yearly total for the upkeep of the museum. All of these steps go into their final cumulative project of creating a commercial to convince potential guests to visit the museum.

Take advantage of all the subjects that you have in a day! Cross-curricular learning is engaging and educational for your kiddos.

3. Give direction with the research
I create a list of websites ahead of time and put them on a class PortaPortal. It also works well to ask your librarian ahead of time to grab a bunch of books on whatever topic that you're using. I used to send my third-graders to the library or tell them to surf the Internet for databases, but ultimately I found this was time wasted. If your kids are slow typers or not familiar with the Internet, this can take way too long. Until your students are fluent in research, make it easier for them to focus on the task at hand by getting the initial research part prepared for them. It won't take long for you to do, however it will make your PBL time infinitely more efficient and less stressful.

4. Practice!
Practice makes perfect! Set up the expectations ahead of time, and at the beginning of each class period that you will be working on the PBL.

At the beginning of EVERY SINGLE ALLOTED TIME, we go over the driving question. It is so easy for kids to get lost and not see the forest through the trees. Continuously remind them what the end goal is. I write my question on a piece of chart paper and keep it posted around the room for students to glance at. I cannot emphasize how darn important that this piece is! It is also great if administration or a visitor pops in your room, they can easily see what your students are independently and collaboratively working on.

I offer several PBLs that center around the ancient civilizations of Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient China, and Ancient Rome. Feel free to check them out if you're interested in doing a PBL with your classroom!

Not sure how to incorporate a PBL into your day with limited time? These four ideas will make project-based learning activities a breeze in your elementary classroom!

Not sure how to incorporate a PBL into your day with limited time? These four ideas will make project-based learning activities a breeze in your elementary classroom!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

25% off TPT Sale!

It's here!!!!!! 

THIS Monday and Tuesday (November 27th and 28th), you can save up to 25% off ALL of Glitter in Third and TPT!

This 25% off includes all bundles in my store as well, which are already heavily discounted! This includes the interactive notebook bundlesGoogle Drive & Google Classroom bundlesmath games/centers, and worksheet/printable bundles. Not only are these an even lower price than usual, but they contain curriculum that will last the whole year and save you time and energy!

This is the perfect time to stock up for the rest of the school year, or to try out some new products that you've been eyeing. I have a ton on my wishlist from different sellers that I want to try out!

Some of my favorite items that I love for this time of year include:

Interactive Notebooks: 

Google Drive & Google Classroom:

Seasonal fun:

Friday, November 24, 2017

10 Steps to Surviving Pregnancy As A Teacher

Teaching is hard enough, but when pregnant it's even more challenging! Check out 10 ways for teacher moms-to-be can help their school day in the classroom go easier!

You're pregnant, congratulations! You may be in the midst of daydreaming of your new nursery, cute baby outfits, and your little bundle of joy. Somewhere in the middle of all this wonderfulness, life starts getting rough at school.

Teachers naturally push themselves to their limits. Whether it's standing all day, skipping lunch to put out fires, and setting world records for not peeing, a day in the life of a teacher is already stressful. Teachers truly are superheroes! However, when pregnant it's not-so-possible to give up your basic needs for your job.

Below I wrote down 10 tips that have been a lifesaver for me!

1. Sit down
I'm used to standing all day long in the classroom. Map out your day and think of all the times that you are normally standing. Where can you minimize the standing time?

For example, I would walk around if kids were independently working during social studies or science to answer questions or give support. During assessments, kids would raise their hand if they needed help. Take all the sitting time that you can. Instead of roaming the room during assessments, sit at your desk. Tell kids that instead of raising their hand with a question, to walk to you.

During recess at our school, teachers are told that we have to stand. I sit. I am doing just as good of a job as if I am standing. There are exceptions to every rule, and you most certainly are an exception right now. Don't push yourself too hard for silly rules. Same thing with our once-a-week lunch duty. I sit down with a group of kids at a table as a mini-lunch bunch. I get up if someone in the cafeteria raises their hand, but for the most part the kids are quite independent and doing just fine!

2. Learn to say no
I have developed an overly ballsy personality when pregnant. I have gained a newfound ability to say "no" to ANYTHING and not feel guilty. At all. Now, I don't think this is actually a symptom of pregnancy. But I have found that it definitely alleviates the usual awkwardness of saying no to being in charge.

It can be so easy as a teacher to feel like you have to take on everything and can't say no, or that people will be upset. No one will be upset! You need to take time for you, this is not the time to lead 20 after school activities, team lead, and student council.

I have been team lead for four years. Frankly, I don't want to attend morning Wednesday meetings before school that are the exact same time as my prenatal workout class. I went to my principal, explained that it is time for someone else to take over, and told her that I am resigning as team lead. Administration wasn't upset, they completely understood. Take care of yourself, staying hours after school is not going to be good for you when you're getting tired and pooped all day long!

3. Ask the kids for help
Don't try to lift something heavy. Don't constantly get up to pick up small scraps around the floor. Don't walk papers down to the office or to another teacher during your specials. You have an entire room of helpers who WANT to help you! Kids love running errands, and this is the time to take full advantage of that. If you're super worried about one of your little angels missing class time, pick a student that is overly energetic to walk something to another classroom to get their exercise break. Or pick an early finisher. Yes, you're the adult, but this is the time in your life when it is okay to ask for help - even from those younger friends!

4. Drink water
Water is absolutely vital when pregnant. It helps with cramping, round ligament pain, and is good for the baby. Find a way to force yourself to do it. Water = happy baby.

This one is tough. I really don't know how people are able to drink 8 glasses a day, it boggles my mind and I am insanely jealous. Drinking vast amounts of water is definitely not a skill that comes naturally to me. Perhaps you are one of the superheroes in the world who can drink water nonstop - congratulations! If you are unfortunately not a water superhero like me, read on.

Here's what I do:
a. Bring a large water bottle to school.
b. Hold it at all times.
c. Chug whenever you're not talking.
d. Refill and repeat

5. If you need to eat - EAT
Make sure to keep a snack stash somewhere in your classroom. There is nothing worse than being hungry - or hangry - and having no food. There were a few times that I had nothing to eat, so I sent down students to the lunchroom to grab me a school hot dog. Probably not healthy, and this could have been avoided if I simply had kept my snack stash full. Go to Costco and grab a few boxes of granola bars to keep on hand for when the moment hits. Your stomach (and students afraid of hanger) will thank you!

6. Comfortable shoes
I'm the teacher who shows up to school in heels. I know, it's weird. However, heels are no longer an option if you're pregnant. There's simply too much of a risk of falling with our newfound lack of balance (isn't it the best?!). Comfortable shoes are a must. Even my Nordstrom flats started getting uncomfortable around second trimester. Dr. Scholls and Sketchers were wonderful as my feet began swelling. Cute? Well, they could be worse :-)

7. If you need to go pee- go pee.
The amount of times that I need to pee is crazy. Then I go to the bathroom, and I barely even pee! It simply depends on what the baby is doing and what she is pressing against. We are unfortunately not all able to have an IA or second person in the room at all times, so here are some peeing ideas that I've often done and heard from coworkers work well:
- take advantage of the exact moment the speech/sped teacher walks in the room
- prop your door open and have your teammate watch your class or stand between her room and yours
- call the office and tell them they have five minutes to get to your room before you pee your pants (....guilty of this one)
- line the kids up and walk them with a book to the nearest women's restroom. As they are sitting in the hallway, go to the bathroom (you can also walk them to the office to be watched)

8. Ask for your longterm sub to shadow you
Thinking about your longterm sub for maternity leave is stressful. It's stressful to think you're being replaced. It's stressful to think that the substitute doesn't know your students and their individual needs. It's stressful that parents may not be happy with the substitute picked. Most of all, it's stressful to think that every routine, procedure, and ounce of hard work that you put into your classroom may disappear. But you know? Push the worries aside. At the end of the day, kids are resilient. They will roll with changes and be flexible.

Of course, write down every procedure and routine for your substitute. But ask your principal if the longterm sub can shadow you for a week. They will see your students, automatically notice behaviors and how you respond to them, see how you line up for lunch, notice how your math stations work. Most of all, they will feel more comfortable with your kids, and your kids will feel more comfortable with them.

9. Rest comes before school
This one is so hard for teachers. We are used to running around constantly, changing bulletin board, and staying up to put finishing touches on a lesson plan. But you know what? Your class will function just fine if their bulletin board does not become blue with snowflakes the day after Thanksgiving. They will still learn if their lesson for the day does not include interactive pieces that you personally cut out for them. I was EXHAUSTED during the first trimester, and the exhaustion crept back by 25 weeks. Every pregnancy is different, you may be the Energizer Bunny and feeling great! However, you may be so tired that you when you arrive home at 4:30 pm after school, you are ready to put on your jammies and crawl into bed. Don't feel guilty. Your students love you, and taking it easier than you are used to does NOT make you a bad teacher. You need to put the needs of your unborn child first.

10. Lean on your teammates for support
Hopefully you have a supportive team that can help you out. There have already been plenty of times that my team has been to the rescue for bathroom breaks, letting me sit during recess, and jumping in without hesitation to print off sub plans or cover my class if I need to leave half an hour early for a doctor's appointment.

 . Teaching is hard enough, but when pregnant it's even more challenging! Check out 10 ways for teacher moms-to-be can help their school day in the classroom go easier!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Personal narratives

Not sure how to structure your personal narrative writing unit? Check out the unit laid out from start to finish- from various examples for an anchor chart, mentor text, and lots of great read alouds!

Personal narratives are one of my favorite writing units to teach! My unit is an example of my Pinterest addiction. I take bits and pieces of great ideas that I find on Pinterest for my personal narrative unit. There are so many brilliant anchor charts that help out on Pinterest, I love meshing different teachers' ideas together to find something that works best for my teaching style, my students and our classroom! We do not have a set writing curriculum at my school, so I love spending time finding ideas online to create the unit that fits my own personal teaching style and interests best.

A personal narrative is a story that is a "snapshot in time." It focuses on a real-life event. However, it isn't about an entire day in the life of a kid. I borrow an idea that I hear is originally from Lucy Calkins' personal narrative unit with the idea of "small moments." To put a "small moment" in perspective for kids, we discuss the difference between a watermelon and a watermelon seed. This is a terrific visual and understanding for kids who may otherwise not see the difference between their entire Tuesday, and the "small moment" of their days.

I always incorporate read alouds into my writing units. What better way to learn and practice writing than to hear a variety of fabulous authors?

Not sure what books to grab for a personal narrative mentor text? Check out these read aloud suggestions for your next writing unit!
What I love about each of the read alouds that I choose for this unit is that they are SHORT. Unfortunately, we do not have the best schedule this year and do not have much writing time. I have so much writing block envy toward those teachers who get a full hour a day! As much as I'd love to use more Eve Bunting or Patricia Polacco books for this unit, I simply do not have half an hour to devote to the read aloud. The ones I chose are short, great examples of a personal narrative, and get the point across quickly.

Below, I will walk you through what the unit looks like in my classroom with my group of gifted third-graders.

Topic: Personal narrative elements
Read aloud: Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee

Not sure what kind of anchor chart to make for personal narratives? This one has all the elements and goes perfectly with every mentor text that you read!First, my students and I discuss what a personal narrative is and the elements that are found in it. We create an anchor chart for personal narratives, discussing all the elements that are in them. I found the information that I use for my anchor chart on Pinterest. Some of the ideas are still above their heads (such as vivid exact details and small moments), this is simply an introduction!

I hate making anchor charts. I love how they look and how the kids utilize them, but my handwriting resembles that of a 7-year-old boy. I have never been one who has good handwriting, and my hand always starts hurting when I write. Since I detest making anchor charts and am clearly a wimp about my hand, I use sticky notes with each read aloud so that I don't ruin the whole anchor chart if I make a mistake!

After the chart is filled out, we finish the lesson off with a Turn-&-Talk. Basically, the kids pivot in their square spots to look at the person next to them. I say "Turn-&-Talk to your shoulder partner. What are some small moments that you could write about?" They discuss for about three minutes, then I call their attention up front. We share out some of their great ideas that they brainstormed.

I tell students that tomorrow we will learn more about how to make our own "small moments," and practice brainstorming as well. Although no writing occurs today, the seeds have been planted in the students' minds regarding what they will be writing about in the next few weeks.

Topic: Personal narrative "small moments"
Read aloud: A Chair for My Mother by Vera Williams

After our read aloud, we fill out the sticky notes for yesterday's anchor chart on personal narrative elements, using a different color than the previous day to avoid confusion.

Next, we create an anchor chart about what a "small moment" truly is. We compare a watermelon vs a watermelon seed. For example:
Need an anchor chart to teach small moments? This one is perfect for your personal narrative unit!
going to the beach -->        getting dunked by a big wave
my 7th birthday party -->  eating a slice of cake
a soccer game -->              scoring the winning goal

The kids "Turn-&-Talk" with their neighbor again about a small moment that they are thinking of writing. Then we share out. It is so much fun to watch the students' excitement for their small moments and other students' small moments!

Next, the kids return to their seats. In their writer's notebook, they draw a small circle in the middle of the page. This is their "small moment." Around the circle, they brainstorm everything they can think of about that small moment. What they heard, tasted, smelled, felt, and saw. I take about 15 minutes for this. Not all the kids are finished, but we will take more time the next day. At least with my group of third-graders, they have difficulty with the brainstorming portion of writing. After five minutes I start getting kids raising their hands with the usual "I'm done." Keeping the brainstorming portion on the shorter side makes it easier for me to say "keep going!" without getting the writing burnout from many of my reluctant writers.

Afterwards, we return to the carpet with our writer's notebooks. Each student shares their small moment and one thing that they put around their small moment. We do not make any comments or questions as we go around the circle. At the end, I ask which "small moment" from another student stuck out in their minds.

DAY 3 (during literacy stations)

Topic: Strong leads

Need an anchor chart to teach writing strong leads? This one is perfect for your personal narrative unit!
I do this topic in small groups. I think that strong leads can be a hard topic for kids, and I think the more teacher guidance the better. I do these during my literacy stations (the kids are in groups of six students each).

I go over the anchor chart I created with the kids (again, inspired directly from Pinterest!), then they pick one type of strong lead that they want to try out for their small moment. This is the first line in their personal narrative. As they finish, I check them and give them ideas to improve or to make stronger. I am always blown away by what they come up with - some of them sound like professional authors!

DAY 3 (during writing)
Topic: Sensory details
Read aloud: Fireflies by Julia Brinckloe

First, we read aloud our book of the day and fill out the personal narrative element chart.

Next, we fill out an anchor chart that I created the morning of. We discuss what a sensory detail is - which uses the five senses (touch, hear, smell, taste, see).

The students go back to their seat and we do a "Write It Out." For three minutes, I give them a topic and they write as much as they can using the topic. I tell them spelling and punctuation don't matter - just write! The topic I give them for sensory details is, "describe your favorite dessert and a time that you ate it." Afterwards, a couple of kids will share theirs with the group. It is pretty spectacular what some of these kids write!

I send the kiddos back to their seats to start their drafts. I remind them to start their personal narrative with the strong lead that they created earlier in the day. I also tell them to put themselves in their own shoes on the day of the small moment. Think of EVERYTHING that happened around you! Make the reader believe that they are truly there in that moment with you. We draft for about 15 minutes before getting into share.

Sitting in a circle, the kids find one line that shows sensory details that they want to share with the class. We go around in a circle and each student reads one line. At the end, I ask, "who read a line that makes you want to hear more about their story? What did they say?"

DAY 5-7
Topic: Drafting
Read aloud: Knuffle Bunny by Mo Williems

We read Knuffle Bunny together and fill out the personal narrative element anchor chart with Post-It notes. This gets the kids in the right direction for continuing their personal narrative drafts!

I send the kids back to their seats, and we continue the drafting process. I always tell my kids to skip lines, which makes it much easier for the revising and editing portion of the writing process.

During drafting, the kids pick one line each day that they want to read to the class. My kiddos love hearing work from their peers! I always ask at the end, "who read a line that makes you want to hear more about the story?" This gets the kids motivated to do the best job that they can with their writing!

DAY 6-end (this is flexible, depending on where the kids are at)
Topic: Revising, and final

For revising/editing, I pair kids up. I always do one high writer and a low writer. Each student gets a red pen. First they both read their stories aloud to one another. This provides plenty of "whoops!" moments for kids to revise what they wrote (they usually realized they forgot a period, need a comma, or that their story is missing a key detail!). Then they switch stories. They work on spelling, new paragraphs, punctuation, and adding stars if the story is missing important details.

When all is done, each student gets their final paper to write on. The top has a spot for an illustration. They are graded based on the overall message, organization, sensory details, planning, and grammar.

I LOVE this unit, and so do the kids! Since everything is broken down into small chunks, it isn't overwhelming for the kids. I always see enormous improvement from our first writing piece to this one, they grow leaps and bounds. Try it out if you're interested!

Do you do a personal narrative unit? What do you enjoy most about teaching it, and what mentor texts do you use?
Not sure how to structure your personal narrative writing unit? Check out the unit laid out from start to finish- from various examples for an anchor chart, mentor text, and lots of great read alouds!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Bringing Election Day into the classroom

Looking for Election Day activities, ideas, and free printables in the classroom? Teach about this patriotic holiday tradition this year using writing prompts and lots of American read aloud books!
Although it's not a presidential election year, we still elect officials on Election Day! The idea of Election Day can be a tough concept to handle for kids. Many of my students don't realize that we are voting for offices other than president, and I love reminding them of this by celebrating and discussing Election Day every November.

Here are a couple ways that I bring Election Day easily into the classroom!


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Here are some of my favorite Election Day read alouds:

Diana's White House Garden by Elisa Carbone

Duck for President by Doreen Cronin

Grace for President by Kelly S. DiPucchio

If I Were President by Catherine Stier

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama

So You Want to be President? by Judith St. George

My students LOVE this writing assignment: If I were president! Feel free to snag the freebie on TPT from Glitter in Third if you're interested in using the same brainstorm and paper. I like the way the brainstorm is set up because it is an easy transition for students to write three distinct paragraphs. On the left, they write down three things that they would do if they were president (example: feed the poor/recycle/etc.). On the right, they add detailed bullet points. After the brainstorm is looked over by a teacher, my students draft in their writer's notebook. Next, they revise/edit with a partner. Finally, they get the final papers to write on! The first page has a space for a picture on it, and the second page has lots of lines purely for writing. I love making a big bulletin board display outside the classroom with these, using lots of red, white, and blue for extra patriotic fun!

Looking for Election Day activities, ideas, and free printables in the classroom? Teach about this patriotic holiday tradition this year using writing prompts and lots of American read aloud books!I sell an Election Day Interactive Notebook that incorporates election day into your language arts stations! In my third-grade classroom, we frequently work with using a dictionary and guide words. It's easy to cut (four snips total!). Then, glue it down and start looking up the words in a dictionary! It's an easy way to incorporate a holiday/annual event into your everyday literacy station workshop.

There's also a piece in the notebook pieces for a super quick persuasive writing piece about "If I were president...". I do not use this for a long writing, just as a quick "get thinking!" writing piece. I usually use this foldable as morning work to get the kids excited for the day to come and activate any background knowledge.

What do you do for Election Day in the classroom?

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Using Google Forms for anecdotal notes

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 :-) )

Our administration is VERY into anecdotal 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. Here’s what I did!

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 :-) )