Have you joined Yale's Center for Emotional Intelligence's RULER movement?! If not, you should! They believe that "emotions drive learning, decision-making, creativity, relationships, and health." When students recognize the power of emotions, via the "Mood Meter," they help create a "more effective and compassionate society."
How does it work? It's pretty simple! Introduce students to the concepts of "red and yellow zones as high energy, blue and green zones as low energy; red and blue zones as unpleasant, yellow and green zones as pleasant (I used a video during the first week of school; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj6AIczvDhg). Then, after ensuring understanding, have students note their mood (matching a word on the "Mood Meter") at the beginning of class.
I count this as part of a daily participation grade, and make certain my students understand that in order to be their best teacher I must know how they feel when walking into my room each and every day! As I work in a 1:1 school, our "Mood Meter" is implemented in a Microsoft OneNote page. As the year progresses, I require more details for the "Mood Meter." For example, Marking Period 1 may just include their mood, but Marking Period 4 requires them to provide a sentence explanation as to why they are feeling that way. I also incorporate Emojis to make it a fun process.
Due to the nature of vocabulary used in this resource, it has been labeled for middle-high school use. I tend to also center vocabulary lessons around the "Mood Meter."
This resource is accessible in both printable and digital formats. Again, I echo, we use this on Microsoft OneNote as a daily procedure. A good way to use it as a printable would be to laminate it and post it in the room/have it as an opening binder page for reference. Should you have any questions regarding this product, how I implement it in my classroom, or want some feedback/ideas, please email me at SpEdderTogether@gmail.com.
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• Kimberly Geswein Fonts
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