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Survey your Students

What and how you teach may well depend on who your students are. Their prior knowledge (and misconceptions), their attitudes and beliefs toward the subject matter, their preferred learning styles, and what they are interested in learning about may all inform your teaching in valuable ways. What better time to find out about your students than the first day of class? One excellent way to learn about your students is to survey them.

You can survey your students' ...

Prior knowledge, individually or collectively

Attitudes

Learning styles

Interests in course topics

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