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Keeping Track of Student Behavior

Work Individually

20-25 minutes


Google forms  are a simple, yet powerful tool to gather data from multiple sources.  In the classroom, this tool can facilitate keeping track of student behaviors (positive or negative).   You will create a Google Form where you can keep track of your student’s behavior.  You will be able to analyze this data using Google Sheets.


  1. Open a new Google Form.  If needed, click here for a how-to sheet to support your creation of this Form.

  2. Take a moment to think about how you currently keep track of your student’s behavior.  What do you do when students act out?  What do you do when a student is unable to follow directions or disrupts classmates?  We all have a behavior record-keeping system.  This form will allow you to see patterns of how individual students act in your classroom.

  1. Rename the form “Behavior Management” or choose an appropriate title.

  1. Type in “Student Name” for Question Title 1 and choose Dropdown from the type of questions. Then enter either your entire class or a shorter list of the students whose behavior you would like to track.

  1. Click +.

  1. For the second question type select Date  If you want to be specific you can select the box Include Time.  This will allow you to keep track of when a particular behavior occurred.

  2. Take a moment to brainstorm behaviors (positive and negative) that you typically observe in the classroom. (For example; inappropriate language, disrupts classmates, follows directions, etc.)

  3. Click + and title the next field Behaviors.

  4. Select Check Boxes as the type of question.

  5. List 7-10 behaviors that you would like to keep track of for your entire class or for a few select students.

  1. After inputting the behaviors click on the preview button at the top of the page.  

  1. Take a moment to practice using this form.  There is no limit to the number of responses you can submit.  

  2. Click Responses at the top. Then click the Sheet icon.

  3. All of the data entered so far appears in a Google Sheet. You will now be able to analyze data to see if specific behavioral patterns exist for specific students. This can be valuable information/data to inform planning and instruction.  You can also bring this data to a conference with guidance counselors, parents, administrators, or any concerned parties to convey how the student behaves in class.