The teacher questionnaire is quite possibly the holy grail of room parenting. It’s your chance to get to know the teacher and to share all that valuable information with the other parents.
It’s also a great way to break the ice with your child’s teacher and start the year off on the right foot.
What is a Teacher Questionnaire?
A teacher questionnaire is a brief survey given to the teacher at the beginning of the school year by a parent or group of parents. It’s purpose is to help those parents get to know the general likes and dislikes of the teacher, specifically for gift giving.
Whether you are the room mom, or just a parent looking to find out exactly what kind of gifts and snacks to send the teacher throughout the year, a teacher questionnaire will give you all the answers you need.
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Typically, a teacher questionnaire will ask for details like his/her birthday (month/day only), along with his/her favorite things like places to shop, restaurants, snacks, sweets, hobbies, and sports teams.
In addition, the survey should ask about any allergies the teacher may have so parents can be sure not to buy anything containing something he/she is allergic to!
Many teacher questionnaires (including ours) also include a Classroom Wishlist section. Since becoming a room parent, I found out that teachers often dip into their own pockets to outfit their classrooms with supplies for our kids… I think we can all agree that teachers are wildly underpaid — so we want to make sure we ask if there’s anything specific they need for their classroom in this Q&A.
Why You Need a Questionnaire for the Teacher
Let me just say, gift giving and spoiling awesome teachers is my absolute F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E room parenting responsibility. But it’s important not to overload our teachers with gifts they don’t want or need. You know what I’m talking about… the kinds of gifts that get re-gifted because you really don’t need another vanilla bean candle in your life. 😬 Am I the only one with a giant box of gifted candles? I digress…
As room moms, we want to support our teachers as much as we can in the areas they actually need our support. That includes giving gifts they actually want or need.
If you are the room mom this year, this survey will help you select the best, most useful gifts every single time. It takes the guesswork out of choosing what to buy for group gifts from the class and makes room mommin’ that much easier.
I always share the teacher questionnaire when I write my hey-I’m-the-room-mom introduction letter to parents. I’m generally a very shy person, so sharing the Q&A on my initial email helps me break the ice with parents instead of the email being just about me introducing myself. Cringe.
Psssst!… If you haven’t sent out an introduction letter yet, we have a FREE Room Mom Introduction Email Template inside the RMR Resource Library! Enter your name and email below to get the password. You’ll have instant access to TONS of free room parent templates and guides. 👌
How to Choose a Questionnaire for the Teacher
Here at Room Mom Rescue, we have a selection of teacher questionnaires including
- PDF printables,
- printables specifically for male teachers,
- and even email templates for those room moms who don’t want to send a printout.
BUT, the absolute most requested template last year was for an editable teacher questionnaire. And we finally found an easy (and free!) way to make it happen.
Now, there’s no need to choose a questionnaire based on the PDF text. You can make this brand new template say exactly what YOU want it to say!
I recently discovered Canva, an online graphic design tool, when looking for unique ways to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. I really love it because you DO NOT have to be a graphic designer to make beautiful graphics. (Every image in this blog post was created in Canva!)
On top of that, Canva allows me to share templates with you which can be edited with a free account.
This means the teacher questionnaires below are 100% customizable!
And I’m absolutely thrilled to share TWO editable Teacher Questionnaires for you to choose from.
A template with girly-ish colors and a cutesy font:
A blue design with a simple, clean font:
How to Customize the Teacher Questionnaire
First, select the template you want to start with.
I’ve put together a video to show you exactly how to edit this template. If you’d rather follow screenshots of the process, a step-by-step tutorial is also included below.
Please note, if you want to change the colors on the template you’ll have to watch the video for those steps!
Step-By-Step Tutorial (Screenshots)
Once you click on one of the template links, a new page will open up in a new tab. Click on the Use Template button.
Next, you’ll need to create a free Canva account or login to an existing account if you have one.
When you’ve sign up (or signed in), your questionnaire should open up automatically. To start editing, zoom in to the first paragraph on the template by clicking the percentage number at the bottom right of the screen. Mine says 55% here, but yours may have a different number next to the % depending on the size of your browser window.
Select 100% or larger so you can easily read the text.
Now that you can see the words clearly, double click on the text box to edit the opening paragraph. Fill in the first blank with the the teacher’s name.
The second blank is for your child’s name so the teacher knows who to send the form home with. Fill in that blank next.
After editing the opening paragraph, you can now change any items on the questionnaire if you wish. Simply double click on the text box you want to edit and make your changes!
You can also delete any unwanted items and lines by selecting them and hitting Delete on your keyboard.
Time to Download Your Teacher Questionnaire
Once you’re happy with your edits, download the questionnaire by clicking on the Download button at the top right of your window. It looks like a little arrow pointing downward. The File Type should be pre-selected as “PDF Print.” Leave this setting alone and hit Download.
Then, your customized teacher questionnaire will download to your computer automatically!
Once you locate the downloaded file on your computer, you can print it out or email it directly to the teacher.
Personally, I like to bring mine with me to my first room mom teacher meeting to break the ice. You could also send it to school with your child to give to his/her teacher.
After the teacher has filled out his/her answers and returns it to you, the fun begins…
Share the Teacher Questionnaire with Parents
As I mentioned before, I usually attach the teacher questionnaire to my initial “room mom introduction” email. That way, I’m adding value to my first email, and it’s more about the teacher instead of ME. (P.S. Make sure you have an updated list of parent emails before you send out your first letter to parents.)
Alternatively, you can make physical copies of the questionnaire and send them to school for your kiddo to pass out to each student to take home.
Either way, parents will take note of the effort you’re putting into your new role. And they WILL appreciate it!
Room Mom Questionnaire for Teacher: Conclusion
After creating that amazing, custom teacher questionnaire for your child’s teacher, you’re way ahead of the game, room mama. Pat yourself on the back!
Now it’s your turn to tell me, how did you customized your form? Did you change the items on the favorites list? Did you change the colors? Let me know in the comments below. I LOVE hearing from you guys!
Have a fantastic school year, mama. And remember, RMR is here to help you all year long. 🙂
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