Friday, July 24, 2015

Getting to Know Your Student

For the past couple years, I've given homework on the very first day of school. But the best part, it's not kid homework -- it's homework for their parents. Throw in a small prize for those who return it, and I get a pretty good response. 

I call it "Getting to know your student" because I'm all about the fancy titles!

I ask general questions, like what your child likes to be called, email addresses, what's the best way for me to reach the adult, who the child lives with. Then I ask for words they might use to describe their child, and some of their child's favorite things. I ask the adult to brag a little and also where they hope their student will improve. And finally I ask, is there anything else you want me to know. 

Whoa - that seems like it's really the meat of it. Parents tell me things that I might not know otherwise -- and sometimes they make a big difference, or really help me understand their child. 

But sometimes, that form just gets shoved into the file cabinet.  

Until today -- I somehow happened to see this:

Deep Data at-a-Glance Chart

Which really seems like a dur to me, because I sorta like analyzing the data. 

So instead of that information just sitting in my filing cabinet, I can put it on a chart and maybe do something with it -- like help in forming different groups, have an idea what to talk to a quiet child about, etc.  

I'm really excited to try this!


  1. I've never done this before but I really like this idea. Who knows the students better than their parent! One thing I've realized being a non-parent is that parents love to talk about their kids.
    Thanks for the idea!
    Sarah :)

  2. Great idea! Are you holding up ok in the hot weather? Blogs and reading for me!!!

  3. Thanks for sharing this, Sara!
    I sometimes send that "getting to know you" form home too but also have probs knowing exactly what to do with it:)