From meh to great with one sticky note

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As the students go in, they are invited to stick a post-it to one of the sections of the whiteboard: I’m fine, I’m meh, I’m struggling and so on. My first thought would be that it’s a sense of progress activity, but in fact it’s a way to check on the students’ mental state and help them get through the day.  On the one hand, I’m a bit wary of these touchy-feely activities; on the other hand, what an amazing and human way to engage with the students from the very first minute of the lesson! And the academic manager in me revels in the efficiency of a simple sticky note and the challenging descriptors 🙂 Definitely a routine to try.

P.S. It’s interesting to compare this idea with ‘Sticky notes to balance the challenge’ when the students also use post-its to give non-verbal feedback to the teacher and acknowledge their emotions regarding error correction. And my most popular blog post links to where Terry Heick from TeachThought writes about similar activities to bring a positive mood into your classrom from the very start. Some of them are not challenging linguistically, but sometimes it’s ok just to focus on motivation, isn’t it?

P.P.S. These connections are exactly how my Zettelkasten works!

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