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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.
Video Conference Check-in– If you already meet up virtually through a video conferencing platform, such as Teams, Meet, 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 ideas from the National Educators for Restorative Practices:
- Two Minute Connections (This is illustrated in the video above!)
- Student Spark
- 1 to Cat Pulse Meter
- Daily Check-ins with Flipgrid
- Example of a Flipgrid class check-in
- Superhero pose check-in with Flipgrid
- Example Padlet check-in with student responses
- Mental Health Board check-in that could be made into a Padlet or Linoit