The new school year is about to begin! This means there will be new kiddos coming through our doorway. What do you do to learn about each and every one of them as learners? Look through their portfolios from their previous grade(s)? Speak to their previous teacher?
In addition to those things, I like to send home the following
Parent/Guardian Reading and Learning Survey
This basic survey is completed by the parent/guardian of the student. It asks about what the child likes to do, what they are good at, what may be difficult for them, etc... It also allows the parent to share any important information that will help me support and motivate their child as a reader.
I found a great two-page student survey from
The Teacher Organizer right on TPT called
Things That Interest Me!
I have used this with both first and second graders.
For older students, I have them complete the following
Student Learning Survey:
This two-page survey helps me learn about their interests at school, at home, and when reading. It also helps me learn about my students' thinking during reading, writing, and more!
What are some means that you use to help better understand and learn about your new students?