This is the most valuable thing I do all year. This interest survey helps to build a relationship with every individual student, very quickly, at the start of the year. It is a valuable tool in helping me get to know them, build stronger relationships needed to manage a classroom effectively, and makes the end of the year so rewarding when I say goodbye with knowledge of each student at a deeper level.
It is also an item included in Ohio’s teacher evaluation system because it focuses on knowledge of students. My assumption is that this is a requirement on all teacher evaluations. I make copies of these and include them in my evaluation packet when that time comes.
Included in this purchase is:
- A note to teachers about how I administer and use this survey to quickly build relationships
- A two page, start of year, student interest survey with two “magic” questions that are appropriately aimed at getting to know students at deep levels. The last question serves a dual purpose of getting to know each student and to assess writing skills.
- A pre-test for history teachers (because I teach history) aimed at assessing background knowledge of my subject area in a very general sense.
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