Stop Guessing, Start Asking: The Power of Student and Parent Surveys

Beginning of the year student and parent surveys_Hookster's Ideas

 It is easy to wonder, make assumptions, worse off make false assumptions, or just plain guess what your students and their parents are thinking.  This year, start the year off by making a statement to your students that you care about them enough to ask their opinion (and then act on it!), and showing parents that together, you are partners and on the same team.
I have always given end of the year surveys to students and their parents and have ALWAYS been glad I have done that.  I have shared these surveys here with you.
 This year two of my customers have asked if I have ever given beginning of they year surveys, similar to my end of the year ones.  I never have, but absolutely love the idea of them.  You can find them here.  

One suggestion that I do to ensure maximum return rate of these surveys is to give a homework pass to each student who has their parent complete it and return it by the due date.  I also staple an envelope with my name written on a label on it so all they have to do is complete and return in envelop to the office or to you personally.  The students I have complete in class as bell work one day.
This is a great way to opening idea for Back to School Night too as people filter into the room or can be given for at home completion too.

How do you build those home/school connections at the beginning of the year??  Comment below!

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