At the beginning of the school year or semester, I always want to know more about my students. I created this interest inventory to do just that. I hand it out on the first day of class and ask the students to answer the questions about themselves. They turn the inventories in, and I read over their responses. It gives me an insight into their lives. Something else I enjoy doing is handing them back at the end of the school year or semester. The students always enjoy reading what they wrote on the very first day. I have used versions of this inventory with fifth graders and college students. The great thing about this document is the option of editing the questions to further meet your own classroom's needs.