At this time a year ago I felt really strongly that I wanted to keep these conversations going throughout the semester. I needed to work harder at fostering a positive relationship with all of my students so I created "Just Checking In..." sheets. I gave my first one at the end of the second week of school. Here is what it looked like:
This gave students an avenue to tell me if things weren't going well or if everything was just fine. It gave me a way to start a new conversation and to connect with all my students.
I continued checking in every few weeks. Here are some samples of questions/prompts.
If you haven't jumped on the "Two Nice Things" bandwagon yet, read more from Elissa Miller here.