Progress monitoring, while a necessity, can be a challenge to keep up on. Teaching online or remotely adds an extra level of stress to it. Here are some tips to help you document and monitor progress from home.
We need to take good documentation to support progress on IEP goals, but we also need to have documentation that we are doing our jobs from home.
In my district, we were directed to complete a Google form documenting contact with a caregiver or student. We also needed to document progress monitoring on the form at the same schedule or interval listed on the IEP. For example, if the IEP said the schedule for progress monitoring would be weekly, we needed to document progress monitoring on the Google form once a week. This was in addition to any other contact we needed to document.
You probably already had a system for collecting and reporting data while in the school building, but doing it from home can be overwhelming. After a few tries at developing an effective system, I began doing it in Google Docs. It worked so well and created a nice collection of what I was doing to help students and their progress.
google docs for progress monitoring
I made a template for each student in Google Docs with student goals and required components of our progress monitoring. With remote teaching, we have to put in the source of the data or feedback and level of progress. I create some sample progress monitoring comments specific to that student and added them to the top of the doc. This allowed me to quickly copy, paste and update.
Evidence or feedback sources
- Teacher made assessments
- Google Meet or Zoom sessions
- Assignment completion (Google Classroom, SeeSaw, Boom, etc.)
- Feedback from the family
You can edit your last progress monitoring blurb or keep copy and pasting to create a document with all of the notes. For students who I had good evidence on and were making steady progress, I kept the previous updates. If my progress monitoring update wasn’t changing much, I didn’t keep the previous statements.
Progress monitoring as a team
If your students have educational team IEP goals, you can add the other staff members to the Google doc. This allows everyone on the team or that’s responsible for the goals to easily add important information and monitor progress across people. It’s a great way to continue collaborating while everyone is in their own homes!
Using Google docs for our progress monitoring and collaborating on goals throughout remote teaching has been a life saver!
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