The start of the new school year is a period of excitement and anticipation for students and teachers alike.
Students entering your class are wondering: how will I feel in this class? Will my teacher understand me? Will I be comfortable amongst my peers?
Whether you’ve been teaching forever or are a newbie, it’s a critical time that sets the tone for the rest of the year.
Getting to know our students and setting expectations early on can help the rest of the year run more smoothly.
We’ve compiled a list questions you can use with your students to build relationships, encourage growth mindset, support social and emotional learning, and set learning goals.
Positive teacher-student relationships promote a sense of belonging and encourage students to participate cooperatively.
A helpful starting point for building relationships with students is to get to know them better. The following questions are designed to help you do just that.
According to leading researcher Carol Dweck, growth mindsets involve people believing their abilities can be developed through hard work and dedication.
The benefits of growth mindsets include:
Below are 10 questions to promote a growth mindset in your classroom.
The importance of social and emotional learning for creating well-adjusted people are well documented. Teachers are uniquely placed to support students social and emotional development.
The following questions can be a helpful starting point for encouraging discussions and personal reflection in class.
The start of the academic year is a good point to think about our goals and set intentions for the year ahead. This is true of both teachers and students.
The following questions are intended to help students set meaningful goals which can be reviewed after a period of time. These might be project focused, weekly, monthly or yearly.
The start of the year is an exciting time for you and your students.
It’s the perfect opportunity to get to know your students on a deeper level.
The better you know them, the more you can calibrate your teaching to meet their needs and improve learning outcomes.
Try these questions for yourself. Find them all in your Ziplet account.
Answer a Ziplet exit ticket and let us know what you think of this post. No login required.
Go to Ziplet.com/GO and enter the GO! Code:
How do you engage students in a way that encourages them to succeed, and allows you to keep track of their progress along the way?
Here are the 6 benefits of regularly checking in with your students, including 31 example questions you can use with your students.