Survey Learners to Jumpstart Lessons that include their Unique Talents
Students love to hitch their wagon to follow a star they admire. With these materials they link their own talents to a lesson target designed to engage them. You’ll discover how to link learners to lessons so that both will improve. Rediscover how 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 a 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. They can 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.
Included here you will find:
Introduction – Why link their talents to your lesson?
Poster – Tether Your Talents to a Star
How to benefit most from talent inventories
Sample responses to talent inventory
Complete the talent inventory
Talent inventories for whole brain learning
Additional whole brain resources
Chart to record class talent inventory progress
Student chart to log their talents used in class
Link additional talents to learning tasks
Further Uses of Talent Inventories for Who Brain Learning
Engage Talent Inventories 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.
File Talent Inventory for 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.
Articulate Talent Inventory responses in ways that assist students to express deeper understanding of concepts learned. 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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