A Teacher in the USA has come up with a fantastic way of enabling her students to ‘reach out’ if they feel like they need someone to talk to.
The ‘Check-In Monday’ board enables students to write their name onto the back of a sticky note and place the note onto a white board.
Students have the option of choosing:
I’m great, I’m okay, I’m meh, I’m struggling, I’m having a tough time & wouldn’t mind a check-in or ‘I’m not doing great’.
The details of the idea were shared by a Facebook page called: ‘Suicide Awareness / Prevention‘ in a post that said:
‘Wow. This teacher has her students write their name on [the] back of a sticky note and place it on the chart each Monday.
‘She then talks privately throughout the week with each child about where they placed the sticky note and if they need to talk.
‘A weekly check-in on her students. Maybe we could pass this along to teachers’.
The board means that students can reach out for help when they need it, with a teacher approaching the student rather than the student having to approach their teacher.
At a time when speaking about mental health and wellbeing is being encouraged, then this fantastic idea could enable teachers to give their students who might not be initially willing to approach them, a means of letting their teachers know that they might be in need of some support.
The post on social media attracted a huge amount of
Erin Castillo, who originally conceived of the idea, also commented on the post and said:
‘I am the original creator of this. I have a free resource available that is linked to my Instagram. It comes with talking points and printable poster that teachers can use! Thank you for sharing!’
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