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Friday, July 22, 2011

Get to know your students (& the parents)

As teachers, we get to know our students pretty quickly but we don't always get to know the parents right away. I use this questionnaire I created to send home on the first day of school (or sometimes on Meet The Teacher Night).  Not only does this help me get to know my student's needs better, but it gives me an insight on the parents or guardians.

The first question asks what makes your child special.  I've had answers from... "nothing, my child is normal just like his friends" to "My child has 27 trophies in dancing, has always been the smartest in her classes since kinder, takes painting classes, plays soccer, is in girl scouts...."  and everything else in between.  There is no right or wrong answer for this question but you can learn a lot by the answers.

P.S. This is a two sided questionnaire and when it comes back only filled out on the front...well, that can tell you a lot too! ;)

click here to get this document

Fun 2 B in First is having a linky party with back to school freebies/ideas. Make sure you visit her site to see what other teachers are sharing! :)


  1. I love it!! I reposted on my blog!

  2. Thank you for linking up. It's a great questionnaire.
    Fun 2B in First

  3. Thanks... have a great year.

  4. I love this! I found it posted on Pinterest and would love to use it this year. I noticed that there was a grammatical error at the top of the page. It says "In an effort to know child better".
    There should be a "your" in there. My principal proof reads everything before I can send it out. Is there a way I can edit it? Thanks for creating this!