Reflection Post: Managing A&E with Blogging/GAFE

When I began teaching Grade 8 this year, I dove into using GAFE and Edublogs with my class.  Students did too and soon I found myself unable to keep up with their writing.  Reading student blogs was taking hours and then trying to provide descriptive feedback and evaluation marks was an overwhelming task.  I needed to streamline the system so I could not only do my own A&E but could also share that feedback more efficiently with students and parents.

I wanted to have a place for A&E where each student could see their feedback and track their progress.  Since we use GAFE a lot in our classroom, I thought about using Google Forms to record their progress and Google Sheets to track and share with students.

Below is an overview of my new tracking system…

After setting up this, I have become much more efficient at providing feedback and evaluation to my students.  The students also love having all of their feedback in one spot.  There are no paper rubrics left on the floor or in the recycling bin! Students can see their feedback and track it throughout the school year. I am really impressed with how this system has helped not only me, but my students, track their learning. I still feel there are more opportunities to explore with this new system that I have not discovered yet…

One thought on “Reflection Post: Managing A&E with Blogging/GAFE”

  1. Thanks for your post. Using Google in this format to track and document feedback is not only efficient, but provides a level of transparency so parents can view your feedback as well. I also like that students can parents can record their feedback on the form. This is a quick way to collaborate and communicate about each student’s progress.
    In case you missed it, Kathleen Carr posted about using the “Inbox” in Edublogs to keep all of her feedback and student comments/reflections in one place as well. She is using the blog to record feedback during the formative stages of assessment, and the “Inbox” to record summative feedback. Her students then comment back to her using the Inbox as well. You can view her post here:

    I am curious about how other’s are using the blog and/or Google to document descriptive feedback during the formative and summative stages of assessment???

    Thanks for sharing!



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