My Student Questionnaire for Beginning of Year

My old student questionnaire

Since I will be traveling quite a bit in August, I am getting my papers in order for the beginning of the year and stumbled upon my standard student questionnaire in a folder.  Once I glanced at it I realized how it was in need of a serious revamping and thus asked my PLN for must ask questions for this document.  Thank you so much to everyone who inspired me!

Here is a link to the Google Doc – feel free to make a copy and make it your own.

Here are just the questions (for the actual survey go to the link) that I will be using that first week of school to get to know the kids better.

  1. What are the three most important things I should know about you?
  1. What are things you are really good at?
  1. What are you most proud of?
  1. What is the favorite thing you did this summer?
  1. What have you most loved learning (even if not in school)?  Why?
  1. What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not in school?
  1. What is the best book or books you have ever read?
  1. What do you want to learn HOW to do?
  1. I think 5th grade will be….
  1. What do you love about school?
  1. What do you not like about school?
  1. I work best in a classroom that is….
  1. Some things I really want to to work on this year in 5th grade are….
  1. What are things you cannot wait to do this year?
  1. I learn best when the teacher is….
  1. What do you know about Mrs. Ripp?

23 thoughts on “My Student Questionnaire for Beginning of Year

  1. Amy July 23, 2013 / 8:45 pm

    Awesome! Thank you!! This will definitely be used during the first week of school.(BTW – while changing the grade level and name I noticed that #13 has a type "I really want to to")

    • Pernille Ripp July 24, 2013 / 1:02 am

      Thank you so much Amy for pointing that out, it has now been fixed

  2. Amy Musone July 24, 2013 / 7:19 pm

    In doing this you are letting your students know that you are interested in them…that you care about who they are and what they are curious about. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Lisa Smith July 24, 2013 / 8:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Very comprehensive and student focused.


  4. hollyboardman July 28, 2013 / 12:02 am

    I like to ask students to list the people who live with them. What is the relationship and ALL the phone numbers. Many students do not live with their parents these days.

    Another good question is “How often do you eat a meal with your whole family?”

    • Pernille Ripp July 28, 2013 / 12:34 pm

      I ask the family question on the parent questionnaire instead because I don’t want to seem like I am prying. I do love the meal question as well.

      • Gwen July 30, 2013 / 6:01 pm

        Do you have an example of the parent questionnaire you use?

  5. Cathy Campbell (@ccampbel14) July 28, 2013 / 4:25 am

    I love this, Pernille. I wondered, though, whether you offer your answers to these questions with your students. If so, how do you do this?

    Also, do the answers only go to you or do your students share answers with each other as well?


    • Pernille Ripp July 28, 2013 / 12:35 pm

      Cathy, am I understanding that you want to know whether i answer these questions too? Because I do, otherwise, I am not sure what you mean by your question. Many of these questions we end up discussing or blogging later in the year.

      • Cathy Campbell (@ccampbel14) July 28, 2013 / 8:32 pm

        Yes, that is what I was wondering. How you offered your answers to the questions – discussions, blogging, etc. Thanks!

  6. Deerasha Marriemuthu July 28, 2013 / 5:53 pm

    This is such a great idea. What really pushed me to comment was your use of “PLN”- is that from Terry Pratchett’s A Hat Full of Sky? My husband and I always use that reference. I love that you use it too =D

    • Deerasha Marriemuthu July 28, 2013 / 5:55 pm

      Ok I just read that wrong whoops. Sorry! Too excited there. Questionnaire is still great.

  7. Pernille Ripp July 28, 2013 / 9:16 pm

    Ok, the well it depends on the question. The kids will all fill out the form for me to have and then later in the year we may revisit some of the questions through a blog post or a discussion. Also, during the first week we do have group conversations and private conversations regarding some of their answers. I mostly do the questionnaire to get to know them a little and have a place to start with them. I don’t know if that answers your question, Cathy.

  8. Danna Yeager July 29, 2013 / 5:05 pm

    Thanks Pernille! I am so stealing this. You inspire me!

  9. Paul Ingram August 3, 2013 / 4:37 am

    In the first week of school I assign “In a thousand words”
    The students are to find a caring adult and have that adult write about the student.
    The actual assessment paper says, “In a thousand words or less please describe this young learner.”
    I also tell the students that if the adult does not complete the homework the student will get to decide on the appropriate consequences.
    I get a 80% – 90% completion rate and parents (caregivers) love to have a chance to talk about their child.

  10. Greg Sheremeta August 15, 2013 / 5:57 am

    Paul – I do “In A Million Words or less” the first day of school and it assigned as homework for the adult with whom they live.

  11. Therese Tibbits September 3, 2013 / 2:56 am

    Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing. I too, would love to see your Parent Questionnaire. I am starting my first Middle School reading class this week. Definitely using this student questionnaire.

  12. maruchka September 24, 2013 / 9:57 pm

    Thank you very much indeed for sharing! I am inspired, and will definitely be using this questionnaire :)

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