I was observed by the P last week and we had a discussion about it during my planning period. He had left right as direct instruction was done and asked me, "How do you know if your students got it?" and I replied with, "I do the short paper." That is, I have pre-cut printer paper that have been cut in half along the hamburger fold. Every student gets a sheet and I write a few questions on the screen and they answer. After a certain amount of time passes, they pass their paper to someone else and I give the answer(s). This is what I call the "short paper." Whenever the students hear me say, "short paper," they groan.... Question is this..... Who else does the old school "short paper" method for formative assessments? And are there new school methods that don't take too much time for setup? I've heard of Kahoot and Plickers but I'd have to set these things up before my lesson. I figure going old school short paper at any moment is better than fumbling around with technology. Comments?