3 Quick Ways to Check In With Your Students’ Emotions

3 Quick Ways to Check In With Your Students’ Emotions

Implementing emotion check-ins in your classroom not only helps you to be in tune with how your students are doing, and what support they might need to be successful on any given school day, but it also helps your students learn to identify their emotions more independently. The skill of identifying emotions then allows students to identify which coping skills they can use to help manage their particular emotions. It’s a win-win-win scenario.

Here are 3 of my favorite ways to implement a daily emotion check-in routine with your students.

Emotion Check-In Notebook

When students walk into the classroom each morning, having a printed emotion check-in journal as morning work is a quick and easy way to turn emotion check-ins into a daily routine. Students love connecting and sharing with you, and once their books are prepped, you don’t have to do any additional work.

Google Form Emotion Check-Ins

If you’re lucky enough to have digital devices for your students to use daily, Google Forms is truly an amazing resource to add into many aspects of your day. Self-grading quizzes…Opportunities to hear from all of your students with extremely low prep…Oh, and, emotion check-ins. 😎

With digital emotion check-ins, you have a few options. You can assign students the same exact form every day, and they can simply add a new response, or, you can assign ready-to-go emotion check-in forms that are a bit different, just for fun.

Morning Meeting Emotion Check-Ins

Morning Meeting is another daily routine that can completely shape your classroom community and culture. It’s a time for you to teach social-emotional learning lessons, build classroom community, and connect with your students.

Morning Meeting should be a routine where you’re doing a similar order of things each day. Within your Morning Meeting, have an emotion check-in be part of that routine. It can be a quick slide that you re-use each and every day.

One option is this ‘Show me on your fingers’ way of checking in, where students are silently checking in with you and their classmates. Another option is to have students (who feel comfortable) verbalize how they are feeling by saying “I am feeling ___ because ___”. If you do this option, you can also encourage students to expand their emotional vocabulary by teaching them new words besides Happy, Sad, Good, Bad, and Mad.

Want to learn more about why these daily check-ins are so important? Read more here