Reach Out and Uplift Students with Check-Ins!

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Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar!

A student check-in in a physical classroom takes place daily usually before the student walks in the door or at the beginning of the period. Students share a greeting and how they are feeling through a handshake, high five, or other method.  You can also start a virtual lesson with student check-ins. Not only will you really find out how your students are feeling, but you can reach out quickly to those not feeling well. Not only does this help you make deeper connection with students, but your students will appreciate someone caring enough to see that they are okay. The resources and templates below will help you quickly implement check-ins that last 5 minutes or less.

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Check-in Tips and Resources

Video Conference Check-in– If you already meet up virtually through a video conferencing platform, such as TeamsMeet, or Zoom, then do a quick check-in at the beginning.

  • Find tons of On a Scale of Meme posters collected by @VirtualGiff in this Google Drive folder. My students love these memes. Also, check out the other student check-ins Jen Giffen has collected here.

Check out these other wonderful ideas from the National Educators for Restorative Practices blog:

Flipgrid Check-ins– Flipgrid is a free online education video tool that allows students to respond to a teacher’s video with a quick video and emojis. Check out these ideas:

Form Check-ins– Text, post, or email a form or poll students can quickly respond to and share how they are feeling. Check out the following forms:

Sticky Note Web Wall Check-ins– Setup a Padlet or Linoit (free and accessible on any device) where students can click a sticky note and check-in. Check out the following resources:

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