Engage Your Students From Day One with a Quiz About Yourself

I’m always looking for ways to make the first days of school more enjoyable for my students, and this video shows one of my favorite ways to do so. Kids spend so much time reviewing syllabi, listening to rules and procedures, and sitting through boring introductions about their teachers. When they have to do that six or seven times throughout the day, it’s a great relief for them to do something fun and enjoyable.

I like to get kids drawing or making art on the first day, of course, but I also like to flip the script on the way I introduce myself with a Quiz About the Teacher. It’s a great (and different) way to let kids get to know a little bit about you. Stick around to the end of the video to see what kind of a prize comes for the kids who answer the most questions right!

If you’d like a copy of my quiz, you can download a PDF version here or a customizable Word version here.

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What kinds of questions would you put on your own quiz?

What would your students be surprised to learn about you?

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Timothy Bogatz

Tim Bogatz is AOEU’s Content & PD Event Manager and a former AOEU Writer and high school art educator. He focuses on creativity development, problem-solving, and higher-order thinking skills in the art room.

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