Conduct student wellness checks

What’s involved

Checking in with students fosters community, connection, and classroom relationships. This practice can be a part of reflection practice, social-emotional learning, and academic learning, and can be built into classroom routines or scheduled during the week.

There are several ways to conduct wellness check-ins with students:

  • Ice breakers during instruction time (whole class)
  • Community circles (whole class)
  • Social-emotional pulse checks using various methods (e.g., two wins for the week and a disappointment, superhero name, band name, etc.)(whole class)
  • Video check-ins (one-on-one)
  • Text check-ins (one-on-one)
  • Phone calls (one-on-one)
  • Small group check-ins (small group)
  • Email check-ins (one-on-one)
  • Surveys (whole class)

Who can deliver it

  • Teachers
  • School staff
  • Principals
  • Districts
  • Leadership
  • Student leaders

Time commitment

  • 10 minutes to 1 hour

Resources required

  • Computer
  • Prompts, activities, ice breakers
  • Calendar
  • Student contact information
  • Plan for distribution

Ideal learning environment

  • Long-term virtual learning
  • Short-term virtual learning
  • Hybrid-classroom
  • Traditional-classroom

Pictures and/or videos of this health promotion practice being delivered​

Training opportunities

TRIBES Training: Creating a caring environment to foster academic and collaborative skills


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