Being homeschooled can be a lot of fun for many, but for some the lack of routine, social interaction, quiet study rooms and quality education can negatively influence their well-being. Therefore, it is highly important now to focus on providing kids with the adequate emotional support as they might need it now more than ever before.
One easy way to check the students emotional-health is through Google Forms. They are really easy to create and analyse and so it is an amazing tool for teachers to get more information about their students mental and emotional state. It is recommended to rather create shorter 2-3 pages long questionnaires as students are more likely to do them, but include questions that require longer responses for deeper engagement.
To maintain the sense of routine teachers can encourage students to add deadlines, meetings, exams to their Google Calendar to increase their time management. Also, with Google Docs students can create to-do lists to see what tasks they need to do that day or that week. These are simple ways to keep track on the tasks and duties and will help students to be prepared which then can increase their confidence and motivation.
A more creative exercise to learn about students’ experiences about distance learning is to ask them to create a journal and/or vlog. This can be a reflective journal on how they see distance learning, their emotional state, their motivation and their well-being in general. A vlog can be an amazing way to demonstrate what it is like to study at home and how one can overcome the arising challenges.
If you’re looking for more ideas for improving the well-being of students, visit the website for CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning), which offers resources such as webinars. You can watch our webinar on SEL, and visit Teach from Home, Google’s new hub of information and tools to help teachers during COVID-19.