Building a Student Profile

Building a Student Profile

At the beginning of the school year it's easy to get swept up in all the chaos of new students, lesson plans, management, handling new schools/new teams/new grade levels, and catching up on sleep. It's important though that we get to know students and figure out what makes them tick. Students give critical information during casual conversation that should be remembered and recorded!

Because these instances are often so casual and can easily be forgotten, it's helpful to build a student profile. Even specialty teachers can build class profiles! These student profiles should include information like their interests, family situations, friendships within the class, students they struggle to get along with, extracurricular activities, management strategies that have worked with previous teachers, and student strengths and weaknesses.

Student and class profiles can be great to refer to when specific students are struggling. They can remind you of family issues that may be acting up or of ideas that have worked in the past. You can also track students with similar interests that a struggling student can become friends with or keep an eye out for kids that maybe shouldn't be placed in the same class the next year.

To save you some time during this crazy time of year, I've made printable student and class profile sheets! The student profiles are also editable as PDFs if you'd prefer digital versions. If you use this, be sure to save individual profiles under different names so they don't overwrite the ones you already have!

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