Many teachers ask students to self-assess their learning styles, usually based on the theory of "Multiple Intelligences." But do you let students self-assess their frustration styles?
This picture-rich two-page handout was created for high school ESL students, but could be used with younger students, non-ESL or special ed students as well.
Handout asks students to rank seating preferences (alone, at a table, or in a cozy chair) based on how well they will focus there. Students are also asked to rank how well they learn (in groups, with partners, alone, etc.) and what they do when they get frustrated (sleep, throw airplanes, study with friends, etc.) There is also space for students to write additional information for the teacher.
This is great to use at the beginning of the school year. Though you will probably figure out most of this as the year progresses, doing this activity early will help you organize projects and seating arrangements much more smoothly. Activities like this also send a strong message to students that their voices are important in your classroom.