Get to know your students better! I know that student and parent communication is critical. As a teacher, I frequently reach out to students and parents. These "letter-starters" will be one way to obtain general information about likes/dislikes, strengths/weaknesses, and much more at the beginning of every school year.
Additionally, these resources will help you become more sensitive to trauma that a child may be experiencing at home (The Trauma Informed Classroom).
I hope that you enjoy! Please see my other teacher resources. I would appreciate your kind feedback.
If you would like the MS Word version of both documents, please send me your email. I would be happy to share!