Most human beings enjoy sharing information and stories about themselves. Students are no different. Revealing special things about themselves can help students develop confidence and trust among their peers. This sharing of information can also assist teachers in finding out more about their students and plan lessons that tap into the needs and preferences of their class. You can use the following questions as a guide to develop an essay assignment, game, art project, journaling activity, or group discussion activity. Plan this event during the first few weeks of school to build a more cohesive classroom and learn important information about your students. Add or delete questions based on the characteristics of your classroom and the age of your students:
- What is your name? Why did your parents give you this name? Why is your name special to you?
- What culture do you most relate to? What makes you proud of your culture?
- What language do you use when speaking to your family? friends? What language do you prefer when trying to learn something new?
- Describe something that is special about you.
- How do you learn best? How do you most enjoy learning something new?
- What is your favorite subject in school? Why do you think you are good in this subject?
- What is your most challenging subject in school? Why do you think this subject is more difficult for you? What do you think would make it easier and more enjoyable for you?
- What is your favorite book? Why is it your favorite? Do you relate to any of the characters in this book?
- Name three goals for this school year. Why are these goals important to you? What is your plan to accomplish these goals?