At the beginning of each year…I do a Reading Interest Inventory with my students. Why? Well, an Interest Inventory accomplishes many things.
- I can tell how a student feels about that subject.
- I can tell likes and dislikes about that subject.
- I can tell if they are embarrassed about reading or solving problems in front of the class.
- I can tell (get a small glimpse) of how much of this subject is done at home.
I usually just do reading but I know I have a lot of math teachers that follow me as well and so I created a math one this year too.
I also know that we are not certain how the beginning of the year will look. I am working now on beginning of the year items because we have been told we *could* start back in July. We are not certain about ANYTHING yet. Nonetheless, I would rather prepare now than be frantic later. In the midst of getting a few things ready, I am making certain I have digital versions just in case we are distance learning for the first six-weeks. I really hope that is not the case, but we just don’t know.
I have made a printable and a digital version of both inventories. I pass these out (or I will assign them) during the first week of school. I give the students as much time as they need to fill them out. I read over them, study them, make notes, and keep them during the year. At the end of the year, I have them fill out another one. We compare the two to see if anything has changed.
These are created in PowerPoint. The printable version is saved as a PDF. The digital is saved as a PowerPoint. I always have people ask about Google Slides. The great thing about PowerPoint is you can open it IN Google Slides. Everyone doesn’t use Google Slides, so that is why I make them in PowerPoint. But yes, you can use in Google Classroom! Just attach the file and have the students open in Google Slides!
Here is a brief tutorial on how to use the digital version. The movable parts are fun!
The printable versions are straight forward. I do print them on white card stock. I just find they hold up better all year. I put them in one of my lovely Rae Dunn File Folders. lol. They stay put all year!
I hope you find these useful! They have worked great for me each year and I have no doubt that the digital version will work just as great!
As you begin your summer break, remember to take time for yourself and don’t work too hard!