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[Weekly Inspiration] Check Out This Teacher’s Viral Way to Check In With Her Students

[Weekly Inspiration] Check Out This Teacher’s Viral Way to Check In With Her Students

Teachers often play a variety of roles in the classroom. While teaching comes first, educators often play the roles of motivator, counselor, confidant, and more. And truth is – playing all of these roles at once can be difficult.

In an ideal world, you’d be able to sit down with each of your students in a private conversation to check in with them and their mental health. What if there was a way you could figure out who is in need of a deeper check-in, saving you time? One educator’s approach to tackling this issue is going viral on Facebook – and we love what it stands for!

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San Francisco Bay Area Teacher Erin Castillo developed a “Monday Check-in” board, which she displays each week at the front of her classroom. Students are encouraged to write their names on the back of a sticky note and label how they’re feeling that week, with options ranging from “I’m Great!” to “I’m in a really dark place”. This is a quick and effective way for her to gauge who in her class may be struggling and offers an opportunity for students to speak up in a way that is discreet. Erin is then able to figure out who may need some one-on-one time with her that week.

If you’re interested in creating a mental health check-in board for your classroom, Erin has created a FREE downloadable version to get you started! Also, be sure to read the full story on Upworthy!

We all know that our students struggle with many issues in their lives, both in and out of school, and offering a way to support your students and lend a helping hand or a shoulder to cry on in a time where they may be struggling the most is a truly beautiful way to let them know they’re not alone.

How can you create a classroom culture that is responsive to your students’ mental health needs? Maybe you use mindfulness practices as a great way for students to escape their anxieties, or use another way to help students relieve their stress. Regardless of the method, I think we can all agree that teachers put their heart and soul into what they do, and that the impact of a teacher often spans beyond the classroom.