Given the fact that teachers often spend more time with our kids than we do, their actions can have a profound impact on shaping the lives of our little ones.
In recent years, that fact has become even more prevalent as stories of educators paying for their own supplies, or volunteering time outside of the classroom have become the norm.
Many of us can still remember many of the hurdles we faced growing up, including the next generation of educators who are now in a position to make a real difference.
That’s one of the reasons why a Facebook post by Tara Mitchell Homan has been shared over 180,000 times over the past few weeks.
Castillo has her students write their name on the back of a sticky note and place it on the chart each Monday. She then takes time to check in with each student depending on where they happen to be that week.
While the idea may be a simple one, it gives Castillo, and now other educators, a deeper insight they likely wouldn’t have had access to otherwise. She also added that letting students see they aren’t alone in their struggles is important.
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Made this mental health check in chart after seeing @missjohnstonsjourney use a digital version for teachers on her #okayteacher Facebook page. I asked my students to write their names on the back of a post-it note so I could check in with ones in the bottom two sections. I explained the green section as them struggling, but speaking to another adult or trying to work through it themselves. ••• I was able to start some check ins today, and holy cow these kids. I love them. My heart hurts for them. High school is rough sometimes, but I was happy that a few were given a safe space to vent and work through some feelings. ••• I also like that students could visually see that they aren’t alone in their struggles. It was a beautiful minimum day focusing on self care and mental health. ••• 💟UPDATE: just added a printable version with detailed instructions so you can do this in your classroom! It’s FREE!💟 • • • #mentalhealthawareness #highschoolteacher #secondaryela #teacherorganization #teachings #anchorcharts #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #teachersfollowingteachers #iteachtoo #teachertips #weareteachers #teacherspayteachers #teacherideas #teachingideas #specialeducationteacher #teacherlove #teach #weteachsped #teacher #iteachhighschool #elateacher #teachergoals #igteacher #igteachers #teachersofig
While we may be more digitally connected than ever, the rates of mood disorders and suicide-related incidents have dramatically increased over the past decade, especially among young adults.
While social media often takes much of the blame, it can also be a great way to share what’s working.
Castillo says she has posted a printable version with detailed instructions that are available for anyone to download for free.
While this post has gone wide, there are countless other professionals out there every day making a difference with little fanfare or recognition.
So next time you see a teacher, a librarian or anyone else who devotes their days to informing and shaping the next generation – say thank you.