A great way to connect with kids is through the games that they play. Pokemon and Magic card games are just exactly what I am talking about. Kids often will play these games in the hall before and after school and during lunch. This is a perfect opportunity for you: Invite them to play in your classroom. Maybe even ask them to teach you how to play. By providing a safe place to play you will start the conversation but by asking to play you will really get to know and understand your students.