Personal situation checks give teachers the opportunity to make sure their students are coping well with things outside of the classroom that may impact their ability to learn at school. They provide teachers with a deeper understanding of each student’s situation outside the classroom which is useful for planning how to set up future lessons and support structures.
They seek to cover issues and moments that occur outside of school, but can still impact a student’s well-being and therefore their ability to learn. These are crucial for teachers to understand any potential opportunity gaps in their classes and adjust accordingly.
Using a numerical 1-7 scale or emoji scale can be a great way to uncover challenges students may be facing that they are unwilling to put into words. Keep an eye out for particularly low responses to these questions and start direct dialogue with the relevant students.