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3-Knowing Your Students

(1) Learning about your students - Photographic - electronic student records

Most secondary school teachers must learn the names of 150-200 students at the beginning of each academic year. This formidable task is made much easier using a photographic seating chart.

                Use a digital camera to make a seating chart for one of the classes you teach or for this class at CSUN.

(2) Student Information surveys - Survey tools

Use a Google form or similar survey tool to construct an online first day of school student questionnaire to get to know your students. Share 3 of your questions with the 514 class (results). Conduct your ow "First Day of School Survey" and obtain at least three entries from others. Your survey should include a variety of question types (e.g. multiple choice, checklist, scale, paragraph, etc.)

                Provide a link to the survey form

Getting to Know You

                Survey Results

                Provide a link to the survey summary (Make certain it is set for public viewing).

(3) Making computers accessible to students

Given the importance of computers in business and society, it is important that we provide students who have special needs access via specialized software and hardware. .

                Experiment with the universal access features associated with your computer's operating system and/or third-party hardware and software solutions for those with special needs. Describe three hardware and/or software solutions and explain how they may help students with specific special needs.

(4) Knowing your School

Teachers should have a good understanding of their school, students, and the communities they represent. Much statistical data can be gained using online resources.

                Develop a written profile of your school and students. Your profile should include the following:

     School distinctives : School history, distinctives and goals. This information can be derived from the school website.

    Community in which school is located: Describe your campus and its community using satellite photos and maps. Using the photos, describe the nature of the community (commercial, apartments, single family homes, industry, etc.)

Hart High School

- Socioeconomic status: Include maps showing the socioeconomic status (SES) of the communities contributing students to your school. Discuss two or more prominent SES characteristics of the school population.                


School performance: Include test scores and the Academic Performance Index of your school. Discuss the academic climate of your school, including test scores, API, change in scores, dropout rate, English learners, students requiring special education, etc.

(5) College Advisement

  • Secondary teachers often have the opportunity to advise students on decisions pertaining to college. In many environments, teachers are the only individuals students know who have been to college.
  •                 Describe a real or hypothetical student (interests, family SES, personality) who is interested in pursuing a career in a field related to what you teach. Recommend a major and 4-year college and explain the rationale for your recommendation using information found on college websites. Provide active links to the colleges, and quote relevant information.
  • Provide a paragraph of advice to the parents of this student regarding financing college. Consider their financial and family situation.