‘Started class with this check-in today and I’m so glad I did. It’s easy to misinterpret behavior and its cause.’

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“Started class with this check-in today and I’m so glad I did.

Students wrote their name on the back of a sticky note and then placed it in the row that most accurately aligns with how they’re feeling right now.

Time away from school is really hard for some of my kids. Coming back to school can be really tough, too. We’re sleepy, or cranky, or anxious, or turned all the way up to 1,000.

It’s easy to misinterpret behavior and its cause. But I’m grateful (especially as the day goes on) to have a little context for why we might be making the choices we are.

Even though there are like 12 minutes till the STAAR assessment test, it’s worth it to take a minute to do a check-in and follow up with kids. I’m glad, too, for them to take a minute to figure out how they’re feeling.”

Jessie Cayton

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