Friday, September 7, 2012

Getting to know our students

We completed our library orientations our first full week of school.  It was great to see our students and talk about books.  So many of them talked about how much they enjoyed reading our SC Junior Book Award nominee books this summer.  We also talked about their favorite books and genres.  "Hunger Games" continues to be a favorite, along with mystery, sports, horror and drama books.

In an effort to learn the reading interests of our students, I asked them to fill out a survey.  I plan to use the data collected to help develop library displays, book orders, book talks and book trailers.  I started off by brainstorming some questions, reading this post and this post to help me develop my own survey.  I wanted to keep it short and sweet.  The students completed a paper copy.  I will enter the data into a Google form that I will share with our ELA teachers.  This may take a while, but it will be worth it.  It will give us quick access to student responses without having to shuffle around sheets of papers.

                             Reader interest survey from Lorena Swetnam

Please share ways you learn about your students in the library. 

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on getting your orientations done in one week! It took us two, but we've finally finished as well. I also love reader interest surveys - I had students fill them out online during orientation after they checked out their books:

    I love the instant feedback, and I've already put most of their suggestions on my next book order!