At the start of a new school year, it’s exciting to learn about your students. For math instruction, we want to know about their math skills and understanding, their attitudes about math, and general information about the student. The more you know about your students, the easier it will be to make math meaningful for them.
Here are some questions you can ask as a writing task or as part of a conversation:
The following questions are adapted from How to Differentiate Your Math Instruction: Lessons, Ideas, and Videos with Common Core Support, Grades K-5, by Linda Dacey, Jayne Bamford Lynch,and Rebeka Eston Salemi:
– If you could learn anything in school, what would you choose?
– What do you know a lot about?
– How do you work best in school? ____alone____partner____small group___large group
– What helps you learn?
– What makes it hard for you to learn?
– Math is important to learn because…
– When I am learning math, I feel…
– One thing I am good at in math is…
– One thing I am not good at yet in math is…
For a fun activity for your students that gets everyone doing some math and getting to know more about each other, check out this link