In an attempt to create an emotionally safe environment in my classroom where students feel comfortable being CREATIVE, I spend a lot of time getting to know my students. I want to know what movies they like, what activities they're in, who they live with in their home, if they have any pets, and what they would put on their personal "bucket list!? (Just to name a few!?)
I've put together this packet and let students fill it out for me confidentially and I keep it private in their student file. I've found it helps me in ways I never would have SUSPECTED. Yes, it gives me practical information about their family and their contact information. But when I need to make a CONNECTION with a student, I can go back to their packet any time in the year and find something (ANYTHING) that he/she and I have IN COMMON. You'd be surprised how many "You know that behavior in class was NOT acceptable..." conversations can START with "Hey...I see in your packet that we both LOVE Will Smith movies!?" (smile)
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