"Do you know enough about me to teach me?" --Stephen G. Peters
"[They] don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." --John C. Maxwell
Get to know your students fast by using this Interest Inventory. This is a great activity for the first day of school. Once you have an idea of your students' interests, you can use that information when making math problems, creating the sentences to frame your spelling words, or just in talking to your students.
I always gave an interest inventory at the beginning of the school year "just because." Then Josh's mother died suddenly in the last month of his fifth grade year. The last thing I wanted to do was show up at the viewing empty handed. I pulled out his interest inventory and took him a gift bag of his favorite things--apples and Twix. I will never forget the sight of him sharing his goodies with his friends, innocently running around the fountain at the funeral home, unaware of the magnitude this event.
Don't be caught empty-handed if disaster strikes and don't you dare try to teach if you don't know your kids!
by Tara Crewe
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