I ask them to tell me what makes them special. I also like to
know who is working or who has to babysit siblings after school.
I explain that later in the year when they are making "excuses",
those excuse take on a lot more weight when I already know they
are the oldest of 8.
I do look through them when I'm asked to nominate students. I need
to know who wants to be a doctor or who is going into the trades.
Various things come up during the year. Other than that, it's
just kind of interesting to see where the kids are coming from.
On 8/11/12, Daniel Hanson wrote:
> On the first day, I have my students answer these 7 questions:
> 1. Why are you taking Spanish? (I'm a public high school
> Spanish teacher.)
> 2. I ask them for any pronunciation help with their name or
> what they preferred to be called in class (this helps with
> shortened names, preferred nicknames, when they prefer their
> second name, etc.).
> 3. Any seating concerns that I need to be aware of (don't get
> along with certain students, have vision problems, etc.)?
> 4. What kind of music do you link?
> 5. What are your interests? (Sports, hobbies, likes, etc.)
> 6. What extracurricular activities do you plan to participate
> in? (school sports, clubs, city teams, and other commitments)
> 7. What do you eventually plan on doing for a living?
> These questions help me with seating arrangements, with getting
> to know my students' mindset as well as with identifying who
> will be gone during class for sports and those who have a lot
> on their plate during the afternoons and evenings.
> On 8/11/12, hst wrote:
>> Would love to hear from others what questions you ask of
>> your students on first day of class surveys. Also, how do
>> you put these into use. And, if you do not do this, why?