Getting to Know Students

Before teachers can differentiate instruction to meet students' needs, they must get to know their students' interests, learning profiles and readiness to learn.  There are many tools to help teachers learn about the individuals in their classrooms.  Two units, Getting to Know You in 5th grade and All About Me in 7th grade, are provided on the Teach 21 unit page.  Here are a sampling of strategies to help teachers collect this valuable information. 

Scrapbook Icebreaker

Bio-Poem Formula

Mind Map

Left Brain, Right Brain Activity

Letter from Parents

Learning Inventories

Me/We Book

Personal Glyphs

Getting to Know Students Packet


Websites for Getting to Know Students:

List Poem Lesson Plan

Getting to Know Them

First Day Icebreakers



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