Students that have challenging behaviors are more difficult to bond with and often have fewer adult relationships. As a teacher, it is important to go out of your way to show your students that you like them and value them. It can be as simple as standing at the door and greeting each student and asking them questions about sports or hobbies they are interested in which will help foster positive relationships.
One way to help learn about your students and their individual interests is an Interest Inventory. This can easily be incorporated into the first couple weeks of school when students are learning about classroom expectations. In addition to having students complete an inventory, you can also send home an inventory for parent to complete in order to give a complete picture of the child.
The answers on the interest inventories can later be used in a reward menu for students who need an individual behavior plan. I will have a future post on different ways to incorporate reward menus into a behavior plan.
Here are some other creative ways to get to know your students.
If you would like to get a copy of the two student interest inventories and one parent inventory, click HERE.