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hi i'm carrie with educating keeping you on the cutting edge of education welcome back so today's video is about student interest inventories the use of student interest inventories by teachers and how to get that information from the students in multiple ways the whole point of having a student interest inventory is to make your lessons more engaging to make it something that the students are interested in are excited to learn about and gives them the understanding of what the real world application is for the lesson that you're teaching educating is here to make sure that you have cutting edge strategies ideas and even products so if you like our video please make sure you like subscribe and hit that bell so that you get notifications when we upload new things to help you in your classrooms so let's jump in and learn about student interest inventories so when you are planning that next lesson that next activity that next project you really want to know how well your students are going to engage with that information as you plan you want to know as much as you can about your students so that you can incorporate the things that they're interested in or even incorporate things that they are good at already they may even have an interest in maybe a certain job but if we don't know that information we can't incorporate it into our regular day-to-day lessons last month we posted a blog article about project-based learning when you are planning a major project all of the students are not going to do great in every single role of doing whatever project you've got planned so doing a student interest inventory is a great way to understand exactly where your students are either in information skill level or interest or where they want to be so that you can make sure that your lessons are really more specifically designed for them as we have gone through the the planning process of any lesson you know we really want to engage the students in a way that shows them how it is it has a real world application and through interest inventories we can get that information a lot of us when we were in college and going through those methods classes and doing your student teaching we did those formal paper and pencil student interest inventories you came up with these boxed questions and you put it out there for all the students and they answer those questions then you put it on a shelf i'm not talking about those kinds of interest inventories those kinds of interest inventories were to check a box for yourself and for your uh your professor the interest inventories i'm talking about are the things that you are truly going to look at to make sure that you are understanding your students it could be a paper and pencil survey that is perfectly fine i'm not saying that those are bad they are great if you are using them and if you are truly asking the questions that you want answers to uh we have lots of online uh survey uh websites there's surveymonkey that's a an easy one to do kahoot's another one um i found one that just recently it was a new one that i never heard of called socrative which i think that one's a great one you really need to check that one out poll everywhere that one's more of a simple one and then you can even just make a google form ask the questions that you want the students to answer it doesn't have to be what's your favorite color and what's your favorite sports team you can ask questions that are more relevant to the topic that you are now planning a lesson for make sure your questions are something that are important to you in the planning process and also uh things that you are going to incorporate into the lesson itself you don't have to give one survey at the beginning of the year and never approach them again some surveys are really like a little pre-test so you know what they already know about the content or what they want to know about the content the survey does not have to be paper and pencil it could be a brainstorming session that you have the students do in small groups and really pay attention to what's being said it's the questions that are important when we're talking about a student interest inventory and not the format that you use i'm going to put in the description of this video links to the different online survey platforms it doesn't matter which one you use it matters that you do use it i will also put in there a survey that i created for you on google forms you just click on that link and you'll be able to make a copy of that survey for yourself and adjust it as you see fit the next thing we're going to talk about is a little bit more difficult but it's really the most important and it's remaining culturally relevant this is your own research this is how you make connections with the students by making sure go watch the movies that they're watching uh read the books that they are reading go to the websites that they're visiting you have to understand what the students are talking about when they're talking to each other remaining culturally relevant is really a super important part of uh just making connections with your students and it has nothing to do with talking to them this is all your own research new teachers i know that you all have so much on your shoulders just learned in the curriculum but learning about what the students are talking about when they're talking to each other is really really an important part of something that so that you can talk to them about those same things so that you can ask them about the video game that they're playing about the sports that they are playing uh in the evenings when they're gone uh and doing their baseball or their football or their soccer or whatever it is that they're interested in but also when you hear about these tick tock trends and you understand that snapchat messages go away after 24 hours you have to know about the culturally relevant things uh that are going on and it's an ever-changing situation i want to tell you a little story i did a pep rally and we did a competition uh just before testing between our students and our teachers and it was sort of uh are you smarter than a fifth grader but we uh the whole point of it was are you smarter than your teacher that's the way we set up this pep rally but the questions that i came up with uh were all cultural cultural relevance questions because the kids weren't going to know you know a lot of the trivia that teachers would but i thought i was going to be able to trip up some of my teachers but my veteran teachers they knew the cultural references immediately the kids you know thought oh i've got this i know about this video game or these characters in this movie or this anime this or it doesn't fill in the blank my teachers knew it and my teachers had great relationships with the students they were not going to watch anime just for the fun of it some of them may have but the majority of those teachers were well over 50 and i know they just were not interested in that for themselves but they were interested in it for their students so an interest inventory does not have to be a paper and pencil quest
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- Minna Saltus, Staff Member
all right this is a detailed review of my all about you student interest inventory and informal transition assessment the first this is a side by side view the first page is going to explain to you the requirements for transition planning and assessments and go over assessment tools both informal and formal this is an informal assessment tool an interest inventory interview and then the directions so there's two versions there's a PDF version that's editable that you can type into your students can type into and print out using a computer and there's also a lined version that you can just print and copy and students can fill it out by hand and then once you're completed with this it's going to help you because there's categories for each section and it covers all of the required elements in an individual transition plan or ITP so strengths and interests post-secondary goals annual goals to meet post-secondary goals instruction activities coordinating activities supports necessary to meet the goals so it will help you with your IEP so here I've shown that you can type the student's name into this section this is the editable version and it goes over their interests and their strengths post-secondary goals what do you want to do after you finish high school in the areas of employment education and training independent living and then an annual goal a thing that they're going to work on now which is going to be your annual IEP goal you can have more than one obviously but this is a section where they would set goals for themselves to work on meeting these goals for after school and then coordinating activities to support you to make your annual and post-secondary goals and then here's the line version which is exactly the same but just with lines so that students can write in there and they have the lines to guide them it'll help you develop your course of study what courses they like and right here see here's your course of study so what coordinated activities classes do you need to take to reach your career goals get into a four-year college or can we any college or training school and then activities and community clubs things that you're involved in now or that you could be involved in to support your goals and then helping your teachers help you and that's your support staff and then of course your family so I hope this was informational and you enjoy this informal transition interest inventory for students ages 16 to 22 receiving special education services thank you
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- Minna Saltus
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