About 2 weeks ago, students did a little “free-write,” letting me know a little bit about themselves and reflecting out their learning styles. We’ll be doing this every so often, about every 2 months, and is a great way to facilitate communication between myself and the students. I get to know far more about the students then I’d ever learn in class, even those I’m close with, and students also get a chance to vent a bit.
Of course, all of this is confidential, with 2 exceptions – when somebody is in danger, or when the student is in danger. Otherwise, the student can write freely without worrying about any consequences.