Thursday, July 10, 2008

Check-in Questions

Since my creativity often ran dry after a few months of trying to think of new short-answer questions, one of my goals this summer is to make a list of at least 180 questions for check-in. Rather than do it all by my lonesome, I thought I would tap into y'all's creativity. I'll get things started, but if you have any ideas, I'd love it if you added them on to the list in the comments.


P.S. Are the rest of you still doing check-in?

Questions for Check-In:
(Numbered to help me count, not in order of importance or whatever)

1. What's your middle name?
2. What is the date (and time if you know it) of your birth?
3. What is your shoe size?
4. If you won a round-trip ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
5. If you could have any kind of pet, what would you choose?
6. What's your favorite restaurant?
7. What's your favorite movie?
8. What's your favorite book?
9. What's your favorite singer/band?
10. If someone made a biopic about your life, which actor should play you?
11. What would you title your autobiography?
12. What was the last song you listened to?
13. If you could choose, which superpower would you pick to have?
14. Who is one of your heroes?
15. If your mood affected the weather, what would the forecast be for today?
16. If you could paint your bedroom any color, how would you paint it?
17. Where do you want to live when you grow up?
18. What do you want to be when you grow up?
19. Name one person (famous or not) that you've had a crush on.
20. What's your favorite TV show?
21. If you were a shoe today, what kind of shoe would you be?
22. If you could choose any kind of transportation, what would you pick?
23. If you had to get a tattoo, what would you pick and where would you put it?
24. What's one thing you are afraid of?
25. If you had to be raised by some kind of animal, what would you like to be raised by?
26. If I gave you a million dollars to donate, what charity would you pick?
27. What was the last thing you bought?
28. What is your favorite kind of weather?
29. What is your favorite thing to drink?
30. If you had to dye your hair, what color would you pick?
31. What was the last risk you took?
32. If you could get vanity plates for your car, what would they say?
33. Share one piece of random trivia you know.
34. What radio station do you listen to the most?
35. What is the oldest possession you have?
36. What is one thing you still have from your childhood?
37. What was your favorite TV show when you were 10?
38. If I went looking for you at recess in 2nd grade, what would you be doing?
39. If you had a time machine, where (when?) would you go first?
40. How long and with whom was your longest phone conversation?
41. What is your favorite sports team?
42. What's your favorite sport to watch?
43. What's your favorite sport to play?
44. What's the best present you ever received?
45. What's the worst injury you've ever gotten?


At 9:19 PM, Blogger Shakespeare Teacher said...

Sigh - I'm questioning the check-in for this year coming up. I will be teaching 7th grade Language Arts with mostly very challenging students (educationally and behaviorally). The teachers that have been successful with this bunch in the past have been very strict, had high expectations, and extremely predictable routines. So, will check -in work in my favor or just make my day harder?


At 4:52 PM, Blogger Walker said...

I think that if you make check-in part of the routine, it should work. In my experience, the more challenging students are the ones who appreciate/want to do check-in more than the "regular" classes.


At 4:52 PM, Blogger Walker said...

Here's some more:

1. If you were a piece of clothing today, what would you be?
2. What type of weather describes you today?
3. What’s your favorite word?
4. What sound are you today?
5. If you woke up with a million dollars, what would be the first thing you’d do?
6. When have you been the most proud of yourself?
7. What ice cream flavor are you today?
8. If you could travel anywhere in the past, where would you go?
9. What is one thing you’d change about yourself, if you could?
10. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you so far today?
11. Who is your favorite super hero?
12. If you could be anyone else for a day, who would it be?
13. Name one thing you want to accomplish before you go to bed tonight.
14. What’s your favorite smell?
15. What was your favorite toy when you were little?

At 12:07 AM, Blogger Emily said...

I might do themed questions for beginning students (if they're into it), and stick with the essential "how are you feeling today?" with advanced students.

At 1:35 AM, Blogger amoker said...

cool. nice stuff

At 11:12 PM, Blogger EmptyGlassBottles said...

We do check in with all our students every day. I have found that it is amazing for community building. We actually don't have students write it down, we sit in a circle with a talking peice (usually a beanie babie of some kind- soft and non-breakable) and whoever wants to answer first does, and then we just go around the circle. I have found that students (middle and high school) enjoy the silly/random questions just as much, if not more than the serious ones.

some questions I enjoyed:

1. Would you rather be a vampire or warewolve, and why?
2. Describe your perfect day.
3. If you could make anything rain from the sky, what would it be?
4. If you could put anything from your house in a time capsule for your grandchildren to look at, what would it be and why?
5. If you could give anyone in your life 1 superpower, who would you give it to and what would the power be?
6. What is your favorite book from childhood?
7. If you could use any mythical mode of transportion, which would you choose?
8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
9. Which famous person would you least like to have spend a day with you and why?
10. If you could be the sales person for any informertial (real or imagined) what product would you sell?

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