I always give my students a simple "get to know you" survey when the semester begins. I ask them 3 things. The abbreviated version is as follows:
1.If it were possible to go back to one particular event in history, what would it be?
2.If you could travel to one place in the world, where would you go?
3.Tell me something more about YOU
I am always so amazed and pleased about the amount of great (and sometimes very detailed) information I get from my 9th graders on this "interest survey." I tell them I care about the things that interest them, and I tell them I read these very carefully and with great attention to learn a bit about "who" they are. My earnestness must really impress them, because I find I learn something about each and every student.
I'm reading the surveys tonight. It hasn't been a very good day for me. But, tonight this answer just had me howling (remember, I am feeling totally in the DUMPS, (read previous post)so this just made me laugh out loud and smile): "Oh, wait! I'll add a p.s. P.S. I think I'm going to really enjoy this class. A number of my friends have actually compared me to you because I'm kind of a feminist and I have very strong views and opinions on things."
And I ask you, is she talking about moi?