On the first day of school, the students walk in, quiet and ready to
work. I take advantage of this and have them complete this
questionnaire for me. Not only does it give the students something to
do immediately, SILENTLY, when they walk into class, but it answers some
burning questions that *I* have about the students as well.
I read over the questionnaire, I have a better idea of who they are,
what life is like for them at home, how long they have been at my
school, who their friends are, etc...I also get to see their work habits
right off the bat. This simple little questionnaire (which takes them
about 20 minutes to complete) gives me a wealth of knowledge about the
What is something that you do on the first day of school to get to know the kids a bit better?