In schools, psycho-education is a classroom behavior management method that aims at training teachers and students about children's emotional and behavioral problems. Psycho-educational teachers believe that social-emotional growth happens when children understand the role that emotions play in their school difficulties. Psycho-educational theory and methods include cognitive (thinking), affective (feelings), and behavior aspects.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Getting to Know Your Habitually Disruptive Student: Questions that Open the Door to Communication
is a list of questions that you can ask children to learn about their
preferences, opinions, beliefs, and experiences. If your students can manage
this task independently, ask for their written answers. For a child with weaker
writing and expressive skills, have him or her answer the questions orally
while you write notes for future reference. Alternatively, just ask one or two
questions at a time, and take mental notes. This “All About Me” kind of activity helps in bonding with children and
in building rapport. More specifically, these questions can be great “door
openers” to start a conversation and/or to move a conversation that is “stuck”
because the child refuses to talk. To download this activity as a reproducible,
1.What is your favorite color?
2.What is your favorite holiday?
3.What is your favorite TV show?
4.Who is your favorite friend?
5.What is your favorite food?
6.Which food do you want banned from
7.Do you have a pet? What’s your pet’s
8.What do you want to be when you grow
9.What do you daydream about the most?
are you most afraid of?
do you worry about the most?
was the happiest time in your life?
movie have you enjoyed the most?
book have you enjoyed reading the most?
is your favorite game or toy?
is your favorite song?
is your favorite singer?
you enjoy watching sports? What is your favorite sport to watch?
you practice sports? Which ones?
do you like about you the most?
do you like about you the least?
you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
is your earliest memory?
is one thing that you hate to do the most?
you could have one wish, what would it be?
is your favorite number from one to ten?
27. What is one thing that is easy for you to do?
is one thing that you find hard to do?
is your favorite subject in school?
is your least favorite subject in school? What specifically you do not like
about this subject?
you could change one thing about school, what would it be? (Adapted from
E. (1994). How to influence children: A
handbook of practical child guidance skills. Second Edition. Northvale, New
Jersey: Jason Aronson.
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All Behavior is Communication: How To Give Feedback, Criticism, And Corrections That Improve Behavior. To preview this book on amazon, click here.