I love using this four square check-in activity at the beginning of my classes. My students love to tell me how they are doing based on the animal/character/food/color or whatever pictures I use to relate to their feelings.
Students choose one, multiple or no pictures to relate to and then tell me and the class why. Everyone gets the opportunity to speak everyday. Including the teacher, I share too!
This works to build community, share a laugh, learn background, as an informal assessment, as verbal practice, as a confidence booster, to teach students that their voice and viewpoints are important and to get them to think abstractly.
Did I mention we get a laugh or two also? If you start this chances are your students will look forward to it so be ready to have them daily, or weekly and set time for it because it will be expected.
This is one of the best tools I have used in this virtual landscape and one I have used before in some form or another in person. It helps to get past the fine/good/tired answers that are so common and leave out the feelings behind them so …try it out and let me know how it goes.
Curve Your Learning,