Sunday, November 6, 2016

Hearts at Ease, Minds at Peace: A Mental Health Check-In for School


One way we can check in with our students every day is by simply talking to them. Another thing I like to do is provide a way for our young learners to check in with themselves. Our brains learn best when we feel calm and safe.  I believe that little kids are capable of self regulating and monitoring their feelings at school if we show them how.

I give students a binder and I place this sheet on the inside of a sheet protector. I provide a cup of dry erase markers. This allows them to erase and repeat everyday without using a new piece of paper. After the students complete their activities, they leave this page open on their desk so that I can walk through and see it. This allows me to check in with students who say that they are sad, angry, etc...


The next page is NOT in a sheet protector because I want them to keep track of how they are feeling across a period of time. This is good for them to see but also good for me AND their parents! I once convinced a parent to put their child to bed earlier because I showed her her own son's data that said he was sleepy a lot of the time.

Later in the school year, I ask students to think of a focus goal for the day. This could be behavior based or just something they are working on- like showing kindness.  This is really helpful when a student is struggling. I can remind them that they set a goal that they really wanted to reach for the day.

As a group, we do a daily empathy check. This is in a sheet protector as well. I read a scenario and I ask them to think about how they might feel, think, or want. I've complied over 40 prompts to share. 



All of these activities can be found in my store! Click the image below to see more. 




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