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Survey Learners to Jump-start Lessons that include Learner Talent

Talent Inventory is Included and ready to use with your students.

Link learners to lessons and both will improve, because when curiosity rises the human brain jumps in to ensure content becomes more relevant.

Want your next lesson to relate to every student’s interest and ability in ways that deepen understanding?

Have your class complete this Talent Inventory to discover each person’s interests and capabilities related to what you are teaching. Inventories can also be revised to fit any topic.

Inventory can also be completed by parents, care-givers or the students themselves.

The goal is to discover ways to link content to curiosity and capabilities of students.

Some teachers file and refer to responses regularly. Others send home inventories to be completed by parents, and then compare caregivers’ written assumptions to students’ statements about themselves.

Talent Inventory (Sample Responses are included – such as an inventory that was filled out by one 11th grade student)

Name _________________ Class ____________________

1. People tell me I am best at … (guitar picking, joking, debating)
2. I think I excel most at … (making friends, doing math problems, singing)
3. My best leadership accomplishment is … (started small business this summer)
4. I’d like to learn much more about … (other countries, travel opportunities)
5. Someday I would like to lead … (people of many nationalities, finances)
6. In this class, it would be fun to … (explore new ideas with peers, take field trips)
7. If I taught this class, I would … (let students grade their own papers, not lecture)
8. I like to be recognized for … (my creative projects, artwork I add to assignments)
9. I learn and lead best when … (directions are clear, I work with teams, I get a say)
10. Leading and learning challenges me when … (people get put down, I am bored)

Your own Talent Inventory is included on here a single page for easy distribution.

Further Uses of Talent Inventories for Whole Brain Learning

Talent Inventories can be used to develop students’ interests and capabilities as well as to adapt lessons for desired outcomes. It could be as simple as asking a learner who is interested in aeronautics to give a speech on a related topic as an alternative task to fulfill course objectives.

The Talent Inventory provides quick and up-to-date reference notes about students who seem bored, those who appear disengaged, or those ready for further challenges. They can be used individually to link content to students’ curiosity-building opportunities. Or faculty can skim the entire classes’ inventories, as a tool to tweak lessons. Use this survey to fit updated facts and figures into a lesson, as well as to help students extend content into their realities beyond class.

Chart students’ progress by dating and filing Talent Inventory discoveries. Over time, data can show students’ growth and provide information on specific areas of weakness. Student disengagement is often prevented by getting to know their capabilities and goals. What better way to engage meaning than to guide lessons that reflect participants’ personal proclivities.

Articulation of Talent Inventory responses will assist students in expressing deeper understanding of concepts learned and raise their curiosity through questions they still wonder about. Can you see how the regular use of this brief inventory enhances a greater awareness of students’ ability, and offers unique opportunities to help them build tools they can use to lead excellence in a new era?

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Enjoy your journey into a mind that beams up an exact intelligence or talent you need to learn and lead in a new way!
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On  November 24, 2013,  Sara K. said:
Perfect! Thank you.
On  November 24, 2013Ellen Weber answered:
Great news Sara - and thanks for letting me know that it worked well. Students fare so much better when they can connect what they "bring" to what we "offer:-)" Sounds like you do that and more! Best, Ellen
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On  April 3, 2014Carla McLeod (TpT Seller) said:
So simple, yet so potentially insightful. I love this resource. Thank you so much.
On  April 3, 2014Ellen Weber answered:
Thanks so much for your kind words Carla -- what a lovely serotonin tap to end a busy day! Best, Ellen
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On  March 23, 2014Brain Waves Instruction (TpT Seller) said:
Powerful resource! Thanks Ellen!
On  March 23, 2014Ellen Weber answered:
Thanks Mary-Beth - right back at you! Special appreciation for all you did to facilitate brainpower from ALL who gathered yesterday. May we each show such skill for reaching the depths of learning with others! Ellen
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On  March 23, 2014Selma Dawani (TpT Seller) said:
An amazing freebie by an amazing person! It is very important for us as teachers to know our students and this is a great first step. We wonder how to motivate every student to fully benefit from the lessons we have prepared for them. Not only does this knowledge help us in developing more engaging lessons based on student interests and talents, but also strengthens student self-esteem as they discover for themselves that they do have amazing talents and are amazing people. Sometimes half the battle with struggling students is helping them realize how wonderful they are. Thank you Dr. Weber for creating this simple survey that will impact our classrooms daily for years to come.
On  March 23, 2014Ellen Weber answered:
Slema, what a kind and "serotonin" filled note to start my busy day! It's a huge honor to walk alongside as we find resources together that foster brainpower in our treasured youth! Thanks for all you bring to that process and thanks for valuing my two-bits! Onward:-) Ellen
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On  January 19, 2014Beverly Baxter (TpT Seller) said:
Love this and love your store! I am your newest follower-201 and will visit often!
On  January 19, 2014Ellen Weber answered:
Thanks Beverly - what a lovely bouquet in my day! When learners get more in touch with their own unique strengths and intelligences -- they tend to use these as tools to build their learning progress! They also have more fun on the journey. All to say - adventures forward for you and your groups! Ellen
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On  January 1, 2014Room 213 (TpT Seller) said:
I love this! I will use it with each of my classes when I start my new semester.
On  January 1, 2014Ellen Weber answered:
Thanks for the kind words - Jackie. I often save their responses and then use them as i get to know them. Or sometimes I have them complete one near the beginning and one again near end of term to show growth. :-) Good luck! Ellen
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On  August 10, 2013,  Buyer said:
nicely organized. thanks for sharing
On  August 10, 2013Ellen Weber answered:
Thanks Rebecca - how kind of you to step by and let me know the inventory will be useful. I often store these - and I find them especially useful as I get to know students more:-) A great way to help them use more unique gifts and talents in class. Best, Ellen
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On  March 9, 2013Silly Sam Productions (TpT Seller) said:
Ellen, I absolutely love this activity to help students identify their most special characteristics! Karen
On  March 9, 2013Ellen Weber answered:
Thanks for your kind words Karen -- don't you find that when we craft tools to go after learners' talents -- these capabilities leap and dance in new ways:-)? Your spatial talents inspire us all!
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On  January 25, 2013,  Robyn M. said:
I have used this talent inventory as both a student self-reflection exercise and a means for me to learn insights about students so that I can connect course content to them in practical ways.
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On  January 6, 2013Visually Energetic Education (TpT Seller) said:
Very nice idea. I will use this in my Social Justice class.
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On  December 24, 2012Geis19 (TpT Seller) said:
Thanks for the talent inventory page. Appreciate it. I am follower number 34. Very nice work. I will use this in my class. I am new to this TeacherspayTeachers so if you have any tips or advice for me that would be great. you can visit me at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Geis19 if you wish. Thanks.
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On  December 17, 2012Anne Weaver (TpT Seller) said:
Ellen,
Great! You made my day! I taught for 35 years in Allentown, PA to a wide variety of students. My objective was to motivate, use many resources (made my own) and show students that they can learn. I found centers, hands-on and working in pairs worked wonders. I taught my students how to learn. I was always amazed by the progress each student made!
My store: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Anne-Weaver
Enjoy my freebies and happy holidays!
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On  December 17, 2012Ellen Weber answered:
Wow Anne - thanks for your kind words. Sp great to meet you! Wow -- this is an amazing community -- filled with talented folks! On my way over to your store now! Happy holiday Anne and let's stay in touch. Best, Ellen
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On  November 29, 2012Special Education - Peggy Simpson (TpT Seller) said:
I'm going to use this tomorrow with my career education students - I'll let you know how it goes. Peggy Simpson Rescue Dogs' Series
On  November 30, 2012Ellen Weber answered:
Thanks Peggy -- I so look forward and hope they like it as much as my students do:-) Best! Ellen
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On  November 26, 2012Innovative Teacher (TpT Seller) said:
Great product! Thank you for sharing. I am your newest follower and I am Innovative Teacher. Please visit my store to download my freebies, leave a comment, or become a follower of mine.
On  November 26, 2012Ellen Weber answered:
Thanks -- followed back because I am intrigued by the way you focus on innovation. I see it as the core of great learning and will watch you excellent products. So glad we met and looking forward to keeping watch!
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On  November 24, 2012Diana Bailey (TpT Seller) said:
Hi Ellen - just downloaded your Talent Inventory. Like it a lot - I think it would work well in ESL classes too, to get them talking and expressing themselves. I will keep an eye on your store! Diana.
On  November 24, 2012Ellen Weber answered:
Wow -- that is so encouraging Diana! I plan to do the same -- as I was delkighted to see quality materials about a country I love!

I was thinking for your new unit on cities -- it might be fun to hook students through 2-footed questions such as: 1) Why would it be a great idea to live in this particular city? and so on... Just a thought I had. Good luck!
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On  November 9, 2012Magischool (TpT Seller) said:
Thanks for sharing this great contribution! I like your style! I’m new to tpts. I’m a bilingual teacher from Argentina. You can visit my store at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-English-Grammar-World .You can leave a comment if you wish! I’m your follower number 10 . Hugs! Hernán Giannini
On  November 12, 2012Ellen Weber answered:
Hernan, thanks so much for your kind words and follow. I am headed over to follow you and will so look forward to more of your good work! I too am new -- and this is a terrific community! So glad you are here!
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On  October 15, 2012Victoria Leon (TpT Seller) said:
What a great resource to help teachers plan for the disengaged students. Your "Talent Inventory - Link Learners to Lessons" was the featured "Free Lesson of the Day" at The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs.
Hope you are having a great new school year,
Vicky

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On  November 7, 2012Ellen Weber answered:
Victoria, I am indebted to the way you support and encourage newcomers. Thanks for that and may it double back in prosperity to your own great offerings! Best, Ellen
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On  November 24, 2012Diana Bailey (TpT Seller) asked:
Hi Ellen, appreciated your comment about the Ottawa lesson plan (one of my freebies). Wonder if you could expand on it a bit? I did write it as informational text for ESL - a slightly different approach to non-ESL classrooms. My experience is mostly there (HS), though years ago I taught middle school as well. Diana.
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On  November 24, 2012Ellen Weber answered:
I'll try Diana, Great stuff - and it gets a solid 4 from me.

Just one wee thought - I like to find cool hooks between the content and the learner where possible. Was thinking that your materials could do that through questions that related the facts to what students care about, do and hope to learn more about. I call these 2 footed questions -- and there are terrific examples about how to link content to students as a way to raise curiosity. Make sense?
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