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Student Surveys Set the Stage for Learning Success

Updated on January 5, 2013

It is motivating to want to share your own ideas and opinions, and people are more likely to express themselves when they feel their contributions are valued. This is one reason why student inventories help to set the stage for learning. Students are able to explore and celebrate their individuality. This helps to motivate learning by making the experience meaningful. In order to get things moving in the right direction educators can use surveys and inventories early in the school year to acquire valuable information. These tools are important for discovering the interests and opinions of students in the classroom. With this information educators are better able to program lessons to reflect the individual needs and interests of learners.

The Value of Student Inventories

It is important for children to have opportunity to reflect on their personal interests and opinions about topics and experiences. When students learn about themselves they become more aware of their own needs. This self-reflection assists them in making informed decisions about their learning and supports the development of independence. Attitudes and interest surveys also provide valuable information for educators about the knowledge and opinions of students on various topics. Teachers can search for self-assessment inventories already developed or they can create their own that are tailored to address specific areas of inquiry. It is beneficial to have students keep a Learning Portfolio to store inventories and journals collected at different times throughout the year. A student portfolio should be a reflection of the whole student and include information to show social, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive development.

Student Portfolios

Gather information with...
To show student's...
Attitude Inventories
Self-concept and learning style
Interest Surveys
Hobbies and skills
Goal Setting
Initiative and motivation
Self-Reflection Journal Entries
Questions and opinions
Student Work Samples
Accomplishments and new learning
Self-Evaluations for Projects
Analysis and goal setting
List of Inquiry Questions
Interest and critical thinking

In is beneficial to begin the school year in September with a batch of interest and attitude surveys for students to complete. Students will enjoy the opportunity to share their opinions and feelings about world around them. The information gathered from student inventories is a great way to ignite classroom discussions and foster familiarity among students. A fun introduction activity might be to have students share a personal inventory checklist about themselves with one another. Students can then be asked to say a few positive words to the class about a peer using the survey as a reference.This takes the pressure off students who may be shy in group settings, but still allows class members to learn about one another in a positive light.

Self-Assessment for Independent Learning

The information revealed through inventories and surveys gives teachers insight into how to program for students’ individual learning needs. If many students in the classroom enjoy bmx biking then this becomes valuable information for whole group lesson planning. The next poetry lesson might include reference to bikes or the classroom library might be set up with books on the subject to motivate reading. Furthermore, the personal reflections that students are guided to make fosters independence. The portfolio information helps educators and students identify personal strengths and weaknesses, in order to make informed decisions that motivate learners and set the stage for success.


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    • Sturgeonl profile image

      Sturgeonl 5 years ago

      It is good when students can give their opinions on subjects they are taking. Thanks for the commenting IntroduceCroatia!

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      Ante Rajic 5 years ago from Croatia

      I'm currently student on the University and it's good when we have surveys from every subject, it's like valuation of your work till now.

      Good hub

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      Sturgeonl 5 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by and for your interest MartieCoetser.

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Interesting and feasible set-up for learning. Voted up and useful :)

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      Sturgeonl 5 years ago

      Thanks teaches12345 for giving a great example for the effectiveness of surveys and inventories for improving instruction. Always wonderful have your comments!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Each end of mod, we have students take a class survey which really helps in getting feedback on the course. I use it to improve teaching methods and to reach students through a variety of teaching activities. Good hub topic and well done.