¡Hola! ¿Cómo estás? I hope you’re doing well. We all need to express what is happening in our lives, but we are also very busy and in ’work mode’ all the time. So often we want to get to know our students, but don’t feel we have the time (in-class) to fully and genuinely do this. What are their passions? Their challenges? Their goals? Reflecting on these things, I created this quick little check-in sheet to use with my students. I have a simpler version with visual input for the novice level students, but I created this version to learn more detailed information about their lives and help them accelerate in their language development through natural, personal discourse.
I typically would give them this sheet during class as a follow-up/transition to their bell ringer activity (or in place of one). I would give them about 5-10 minutes to complete the sheet. I would either collect the sheet during class as the students worked on other activities, or they would just give them to me as their “ticket out” for the day. At first, I had to spend a little bit of time coaching them through what things they might write down - especially for the students with more language skills. Also, it helps build empathy in the students from the inside out – for many of them, it may be the only time when anyone is asking them these sorts of questions. I would typically give this sheet once every couple of weeks or so. Of course, actual conversations are great too – but this really extends that and helps you to know when you really need to follow up with certain students. (More details in teacher guide).
1. Teacher Guide (2 pages)
2. 2 versions of the check-in sheet (meant to be printed double-sided and cut in the middle through the black line – only distinction is the English permission phrase)
3. Teacher Tips and Extensions (below)
4. Emotions reference guide [p8] – ideal to project in room or give as handout to scaffold
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