Four Ideas for Checking In
To check how your students are feeling on the day. This is particularly important during a pandemic, but is a good way to start any class, in person or online, and can be as fast or as slow as you are comfortable.
Beginning of every synchronous meeting.
Apart from the text chat option, each of the others needs one slide to be prepared in advance, but you can reuse the same slide several times throughout the semester.
The video describes four different ways to check in:
Example prompts for each quadrant:
It takes anything from 1-2 minutes for students to contribute, then may take 4-5 more minutes of full-class discussion or just the teacher responding/reacting to students’ responses, or you can send students to breakout rooms in pairs or trios to discuss for 4-5 mins.
Here are some adaptations and alternative tools:
No specific requirements, but a polling tool is useful.
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