How to Differentiate with AutoMastery

Make differentiating your lessons a breeze with the help of AutoMastery! AutoMastery is a free add-on for use with Google Forms, and it helps teachers differentiate instruction in a snap. Learn more about how this add-on works and how you can use it to make leveled assignments in your secondary classroom in this blog post!

I've been counting down to summer break with simple spring engagement tips. It's hard to believe that there are only two weeks left in the 2017-2018 school year, but our goal is to finish strong (even though most of us [ahem...me] aren't feeling strong). In the words of one of my former admins, "We need to outlast them."

And SO... I've been cataloging simple strategies to keep the students engaged to the bitter end--Use Your Smart Phone to Make Discussions Count, Get Students Moving with Speed Drawing, Create a Classroom Simulation in Four Steps, and Five Ways to Make Test Week Manageable (When You're Not Testing)

Make differentiating your lessons a breeze with the help of AutoMastery! AutoMastery is a free add-on for use with Google Forms, and it helps teachers differentiate instruction in a snap. Learn more about how this add-on works and how you can use it to make leveled assignments in your secondary classroom in this blog post!
This week, I want to talk about an INSANELY simple way to differentiate. In this end of the year context, I'm using it for exam review. But that doesn't do it justice...not at all. We can use this tool to differentiate all year. With MINIMAL effort.

Think pretests and other formative assessments having leveled assignments pushed out to students based on their scores. AUTOMATICALLY. Thank you, MaryEllen West, my hero, for creating this astoundingly useful differentiation tool. Scroll to the end of this post for a video tutorial and downloadable Cheat Sheet for using the free Add-On AutoMastery.

How to Differentiate with AutoMastery

AutoMastery is a free Google Forms Add-On that enables you to give students a diagnostic quiz, and based on their scores, to sort students into three groups—beginning, intermediate, and mastery. AutoMastery then emails your students assignments appropriate to their score. 

Of course, you set up assignments and assign the links--just remember to change the link to force a copy if you are using Google Docs or Slides so that the students can edit without messing up your originals. 
Make differentiating your lessons a breeze with the help of AutoMastery! AutoMastery is a free add-on for use with Google Forms, and it helps teachers differentiate instruction in a snap. Learn more about how this add-on works and how you can use it to make leveled assignments in your secondary classroom in this blog post!
Thanks to Natasha Rachell for the time-saving Force Copy tip!

How I Used AutoMastery to Differentiate Exam Review

Exams are the Bane of Spring, especially in content-heavy courses where we have to work right up to exam time to finish. AutoMastery can save the day here.

1. Create a diagnostic quiz in Google Forms that encompasses major ideas from each unit the exam will cover. I did 25 questions and explained to the students that it was not comprehensive, but diagnostic.

2. Set three levels for the score. I did below 70 for Beginner and above 90 for Mastery. AutoMastery then makes the Intermediate level between 70 and 89 automatically.

3. Force a copy link for the three different assignments and paste the links into the levels in AutoMastery.

4. Instruct students to check their email when they finish the quiz and to complete the review assignment.

Make differentiating your lessons a breeze with the help of AutoMastery! AutoMastery is a free add-on for use with Google Forms, and it helps teachers differentiate instruction in a snap. Learn more about how this add-on works and how you can use it to make leveled assignments in your secondary classroom in this blog post!
Be sure to check out the video tutorial and download the Cheat Sheet:


Make differentiating your lessons a breeze with the help of AutoMastery! AutoMastery is a free add-on for use with Google Forms, and it helps teachers differentiate instruction in a snap. Learn more about how this add-on works and how you can use it to make leveled assignments in your secondary classroom in this blog post!
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How do you differentiate in your classroom? Leave a comment to let me know, and don't forget to check back next week for the final Simple Spring Engagement Tip--Two more week 'til summer break! :)


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2 comments

  1. This intrigues me! Right onto my Pinterest board it went! Thanks for the idea.

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    1. I hope you give this a go and it works out--I love how it simplifies differentiation. This is what tech is for!

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