SEL Check In (Could be at the beginning of class)
Strategies to use when doing an SEL Check in:
- Chat box: Perhaps they all answer one question or do one icebreaker in the chatbox? This is a quick time-saver.
- Round robin: Everyone answers quickly and picks up the microphone. Or have a few share their responses. Think about how to make it inclusive yet quick.
Activities that can be used with the above strategies:
- Examples of Warm Up/Inclusion/Human Time for the start of class prompts:
- Have students think of a song, food, or word that describes them at that moment. They could practice sharing screens (find a video on sharing screens here and a great non-example of sharing screens here).
- Inspiration graffiti: Use a Google Doc and have them inset a picture that inspires them. They could also send these to you ahead of time and you can embed them into a slideshow.
- 15 second treasure hunts: What might they all have to get up and look for? Strangest object? Something from their classroom? Something they are proud of? This is great to get students up and moving...which is not always common with online learning. Movement is great for the brain!
- “That’s me!” Think about a few statements ahead of time that may or may not apply to students. Say the statements out loud. If they apply to the students, they have to stand up and say “that’s me!” More on this icebreaker can be found here.
- Graffiti wall / Annotations: Create a Google Doc ahead of time or use the Whiteboard feature of Google Meet. Think about having the students collect something ahead of time to post as a graffiti wall. Favorite quotes? Favorite lines from the week’s reading? Perhaps there are several questions you have prepared ahead of time (and they could be silly-what they ate for dinner). Then they can respond to each other’s answers. More on this activity here.