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Originally shared by Debra Barb from Berea-Midpark Science Department

One way that one of our science teachers begins the school year is with a simple question she poses to her students. Students simply answer the following question on a 3×5 note card and return to the teacher.

I wish my teacher knew…

This simple question has elicited some very powerful statements that her students feel comfortable sharing with their teacher, especially early in the school year. Students shared some insight into their lives at home or at school. For a teacher, the items shared provides valuable information as you learn about the students you’ll be working with during the school year. A simple, powerful tool for teachers to incorporate into their classrooms. This strategy could be used anytime, not necessarily in the beginning of the year. You’ll find out things you never knew about your students.