Title: A Daily Self-checklist as an Effective Tool to Maintain Students’ Engagement Academically, Socially and Emotionally
Stream: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Ni Yin, BASIS International School Guangzhou, China
Considering the vast differences between kindergarten and primary education, more attention should be given to this transition period where students face a lot of changes and challenges. While kindergarten students are introduced to basic behavior discipline through play-based activities, first graders are expected to sit down and concentrate in class for a longer period to absorb academic content. With much less time on reinforcing school rules and classroom expectations about behavior and characters, students tend to misbehave more frequently. Therefore, it is an urgent need for educators to figure out an effective way to assist students to maintain not just academically, but also socially and emotionally engaged. This study presents a daily self-reflection checklist, with which students can evaluate their performance and teachers can leave comments against a set of criteria. The criteria, which can be tailored according to students of different levels, save time for teachers to write more specific and detailed comments. This checklist provides instant feedback not only between students and teachers, but parents and teachers regarding students’ behavioral performance. Students can be constantly reminded of proper and positive ways to manage their emotions and behaviors, which contributes to better academic outcomes. Based on the results from a class in an international school in mainland China, this checklist helps strengthen the relationship between students and teachers, facilitates communication between parents and teachers, motivates students to form a positive attitude towards school, and encourages them to proactively cope with difficulties academically, socially and emotionally.
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