Last year I asked my students to fill out a version1 of Dan Meyer’s “Who I Am” worksheet.2.
I looked over the sheets when my students handed them in. I remember liking what they wrote. Then I put them in a file folder and didn’t think about them again until last week.
Looking back at them after having spent roughly 9,000 minutes with each class, I’m amazed at how much information was contained on that one piece of paper. Information that I had access to on day one. Sometimes brutally honest information. Information that I didn’t use well.
Of course, I came to learn most of those same things through the year by talking with my students. Then again, that just may be my rationalization.
So this year I’m going to do better. I’m going to find a way to actually use these insights that my students give me. I just haven’t figured out how yet.
What do you do with your beginning of the year surveys?
1 Here’s a link to .doc of my version of Dan’s worksheet.
2 I occasionally wonder how different things would be if Dan didn’t blog.