Michael D. Eisner College of Education

Getting to know your Students & School

(1) Learning about your students - Photographic - electronic student records

Most secondary school teachers must learn the names of 150-200 students at the beginning of each academic year. This formidable task is made much easier using a photographic seating chart.

(2) Student Information surveys - Survey tools

Use a Google form or similar survey tool to construct an online first day of school student questionnaire to get to know your students. Share 3 of your questions with the 514 class (results). Conduct your own "First Day of School Survey" and obtain at least three entries from others. Your survey should include a variety of question types (e.g. multiple choice, checklist, scale, paragraph, etc.)

(3) Making computers accessible to students

Given the importance of computers in business and society, it is important that we provide students who have special needs access via specialized software and hardware. .

(4) Knowing your School

Teachers should have a good understanding of their school, students, and the communities they represent. Much statistical data can be gained using online resources.

(5) College Advisement

Secondary teachers often have the opportunity to advise students on decisions pertaining to college. In many environments, teachers are the only individuals students know who have been to college.