To start off the new school year, give your students this Behavior Test to assess how well they can the identify negative feelings that lead to negative behaviors. Students will also have to determine (via multiple-choice or short-answer) how to resolve the negative behavior by giving advice to the characters in the story.
If you’re like me, you spend about 75% of your time teaching academic standards and 25% dealing with negative behaviors. Where do negative behaviors come from? I’m no psychologist, but I believe they start with negative thoughts, and negative thoughts arise from negative feelings.
Kids experience a wide range of feelings at school, some positive but some negative. This resource includes 8 passages that cover the following negative feelings: “mean girl” jealousy, anger on the playground, reading frustration, loneliness, depression from divorcing parents, silliness resulting from horseplay, feeling disliked by a teacher, and apathy about schoolwork.
At the beginning of the year, give this Behavior Test to your students to see if they can A., Recognize negative feelings, and B., Offer solutions to stop the cycle of negative feeling-> negative thought-> negative behavior.
I don’t recommend “grading” students on this Test in a traditional sense, but rather use it as a teaching tool. During the year, you can refer to these passages as reminders for students who exhibit the same negative behaviors.
I wrote one version of the Test that is strictly multiple-choice and one version that is multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank. At the beginning of the year, I will use the multiple-choice only version. After winter break, I will give it again using the multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank version to review behaviors.
I believe this Behavior Test is most appropriate for elementary-age students in grades 3-5. If you're a teacher in Kindergarten-2 and would like me to create a Behavior Test for you, let me know and I'll get right on it! You can even let me know which specific feelings/behaviors you'd like me to address.
I also sell a product to use with students so that they come up with natural consequences for their own behavior. It is called Make It Right: A Behavior Plan. Copy and paste this link into your address bar: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Make-It-Right-A-Responsibility-Behavior-SystemPlan-for-Student-Self-Regulation-2003890