There are many techniques and strategies that can be implemented to encourage our students to learn in fun and creative ways. One of the strategies we have chosen to use is by administering an interest inventory to our students. By graphing the results of the interest inventory, we can better visualize the interests of our students and create lessons according to what interests them most. As with most people, adults included, if we do something we enjoy, we will do a better job of completing the assignment.
Original Interest Inventory
Amusements and Other Activities
1. What do you usually do after school?
2. What are your favorite sports?
3. Do you like to make things? If so, what?
4. Do you have pets? What are they?
5. Do you collect things? If so, what?
6. Do you take private lessons (piano, tennis, etc.)? If so, what? 7. If you could have one wish, what would it be?
8. What are you afraid of?
Television, Radio, Movies, Music, Computer
9. About how many hours a day do you watch TV during the week? On weekends? 10. What TV programs do you like?
11. About how many hours a day do you listen to the radio during the week? At other times? 12. How often do you attend movies?
13. What is your favorite movie?
14. What musical groups do you like?
15. Do you enjoy computer games? If so, what kinds?
16. Do you like to read?
17. What type of books do you like?
18. Do you enjoy hearing someone read or tell stories?
19. Do you use the school library? Often, seldom, or never?
20. Do you use the public library? Often, seldom, or never?
21. Do you like magazines? If so, which ones?
22. Do you read newspapers? If so, what parts?
Vocational and Educational Interests
23. What would you like to do after finishing school?
24. Is there anyone in television or the movies who does the type of work you would like to do? If so, who? 25. What subject do you like best?
26. What subject do you like least?
27. In what subject do you get your best marks?
28. In what subject do you get poor marks?
29. Has any member of your family been to college? If so, who? 30. Would you like to travel outside the United States? If so, where?
Collaborative Learning Group Results and Teaching Strategies
|Category |Results From Collaborative Learning Group |Techniques | | 1. Favorite sports |Yes- Kevin: Football |(Math Lesson) | | |Cindy: Football, baseball |Students will learn to add positive and | | |Tara: Football |negative numbers using a football game. | | |No |The football yardage lines will be the | | | |base of this math lesson. (Kevin) | | 2. Likes to read books |Yes-Kevin: plays, scripts, etc. |-Inventory students in the class and in | | |Cindy: Fiction-series |the other classes in the school. Have | | |Tara: Mystery, romantic |students graph the results of their | | |novels |findings and conduct comparative analysis | | |No |to determine the types of books students | | | |enjoy reading at each grade level. | | | |-Students can then use the data for a | |...