Questions to ask your students on the first day of school?
4th September 2018
It’s that time of year again! School is back, the holidays are over and it’s time to leave the sunny seaside behind. On the first day of school, it may be daunting knowing you will have to stand up in front of a new class of students that expect so much of you. Fear not, here are a few questions that you can ask your students on the first day back to school, designed to help you get to know your students to make this academic year the best one yet!
4 questions to ask your students on the first day of school
1) What are you passionate about?
It’s possible that the passion of your students is something that is found outside of the classroom. Knowing what your students are passionate about may help you understand what motivates them, how they like to learn and will help you to relate to them as people and as learners. By finding out what a pupil is passionate about on the first day of school, you can tailor your teaching over the year to suit their interests, providing you with the key to unlocking their learning potential.
2) What are your strengths?
By asking a pupil what their strengths are on the first day of school, it will let them know that you value their talents to help them grow and improve, rather than ‘fix them’. By encouraging a positive mind-set you can support and encourage the class. Start your first day back to school, by asking questions such as ‘Have you ever considered…’ to open up and start thinking about their potential and doing things they never thought was possible. There is evidence that suggests focusing on strengths leads to more ‘confident, creative and happier lives’.
3) What do you want to achieve by the end of the school year?
By asking this question on the first day of school, you are encouraging students to focus on their future, helping them to establish learning goals and priorities for the school year. However, a pupil may respond to this question in the way they think adults want it to be answered. Therefore, adding ‘outside of your grades’ will help them look past their time at school and develop deeper goals. Once you find out what is important to them, you can work with them towards their goals.
4) What are the qualities you look for in a teacher?
On the first day of school students are often told repeatedly what is expected of them, but students will sometimes have expectations of their teachers that often go unsaid. Ask your class on the first day back to school to think of the characteristics their ideal teacher would have, and use this list as a reflective tool to see how you relate and how you can adapt your teaching style for that student or class (within reason and where necessary, of course!).
By asking these questions on the first day of school, you will find out the interests, values and expectations of your students and have a better understanding of who they are as people and how to better relate and engage them in your lessons. This will lead to them thoroughly enjoying what they are learning and their time in your class!