During the first two weeks of school, your students are getting to know you, and you need to get to know them as readers and learners. You can facilitate this process by inviting them to complete some of the inventories listed below, which appear in my book Assessments for Differentiating Reading Instruction
- What's Easy About Reading? What's Hard About Reading? It's helpful if you model how you would respond to these questions, then invite students to respond on notebook paper.
- Interest Inventory
- Reading Survey
- Ten Questions About Reading
I have students complete two each week, which gives me time to read and absorb the information and decide on the focus of my first conference. Students’ responses can also help you suggest reading materials that tap into individual interests and strengths. You'll discover students' attitudes toward reading and what they know about reading strategies such as inferring, posing questions, visualizing, or synthesizing information. I find it helpful to start a reading folder for each student during these first weeks of school. The folders, just tabbed file folders, contain data on each student that inform my instruction and the scaffolds I develop.
Please write to let everyone know how you get to know your students.