Student Contributor: M. Lalley
Students write how they are feeling that morning on the back of a sticky note (i.e. the side with the sticky on it), and stick it on the white board, so the face of the sticky note is blank and their feelings are kept anonymous on the back. This tool gives the teacher the ability to know how their students are feeling that morning and can kind of gauge how the day will go.
This tool should be used as a preventative measure. Knowing how students are feeling coming into the classroom can help the teacher know who might be grumpy and will need a little extra love that day, and they can also know if any students who are known to be rough in the classroom will be extra tough that day or not. This gives teachers a kind of advantage to squash issues before they become conflict and recognize if someone is going to be triggered or not. If teachers choose to have students write their names on the sticky it can also be used as an attendance tool and morning routine.
I think this belongs in the preventative phase because it allows the teacher to know what they're walking into as the day begins. When teachers know how their students are feeling they are better able to adjust and work with those students who are going to be needing that extra attention and love. It can be used in the other two phases to know what is causing the behavior that might need to be corrected so the teacher can choose the appropriate corrective strategy, and it can also relate to support because the teacher can also know what is behind the behavior and how to support the student best so they are able to self-regulate and control their behavior. Letting students understand that it's okay to not be okay is huge because we've always been told that you behave in school and that's what you do, but when outside influences influences our ability to behave the way we are "supposed" to and no one knows why it makes it difficult to receive help and support, and also on the other side it makes it difficult to be able to give help and support that is appropriate to what is behind the behavior.
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Tool Source: https://themighty.com/2019/03/teacher-creative-student-mental-health-post-its-facebook/