The first assignment of each school year for each student in each of my mathematics classes was an "interest inventory" of nine questions. This inventory of particular interest is a self-assessment tool that invites students to reflect on their past experiences.
My students agreed that answering the 9 questions in the inventory of interest was a good change from the typical survey "What is your favorite? and I had a lot of fun reading the answers of my students! Right now, at the very beginning of the school year, it's a great way to get a bigger picture (even a slightly larger picture) of each student.
Strengths and weaknesses of students. In fact, I think this questionnaire has invited some students to speak with me in person about their strengths and interests, which has given me even more information about learning styles.
Here is the inventory of 9 questions. I have always asked students to answer all the questions in each question and to carefully write their answers in complete sentences.
1. What is your favorite activity or subject in school? Why? What is your least favorite? Why?
2. What subjects are difficult for you? What makes them the most difficult? If you could learn more about what you wanted, what would you choose to learn from? Be specific, please. (For example: meteorology, science fiction writing, architecture, cooking, carpentry, film making, etc.)
4. If people came to your home to get information about something you knew a lot, what would be the subject?
5. If you could plan an excursion, where would you go? Why?
6. Fill in the field and write EACH choice 1 = better, 2 = ok, 3 = worse
I learn ____ alone.
I learn ____ with another person.
I learn ____ in a small
I learn ____ in a large group.
7. What helps you learn? (For example: hands-on experience, quiet reading, taking notes, reading aloud, etc.)
8. What are the projects – whether in the past or outside of the school? 39 – school – which are you most proud of? Why?
9. Think of a great teacher you had. Describe what made this teacher so great.
A student knew a lot about horses and, throughout the year, she gave me unsolicited information (such as defining driving styles and stool). and competitions. Getting to know her a bit more outside of the math classroom has helped her to become familiar with the math class.
Another student was proud to coach her hamster, named El Noche, to win the Petco Hamster Derby! I had to ask her because I had never heard of Petco Hamster Derbies. She happily described how she ran her workout program in one of the hallways of her house.
The student who answered "I want to learn how to draw faces" is now a student at the LaGuardia College of Music and Art. Without asking him at the beginning of the school year, I wonder how long it took me to notice the inclination of this very discreet student to art … maybe in the spring of this year when we have studied geometry and she told me that she liked how I used different colors to highlight angles, sides, etc. specific.
Questions 3, 4, 5 and 8 m have always brought the most smiling answers. I've used the 9 questions above for grade 6 students, but in general, all questions are big questions of reflection, requiring answers with much more relevant information than favorite colors / foods / sports etc.