Helping Students Express Things That Keep Them Awake at Night

In this approach, you give learners permission to write, draw, and talk about what is bothering them. You can decide to keep it academic or anything that “keeps the learner awake at night.”

The first step in this approach is to have index cards and markers. The invitation for the learners to then write or illustrate “what is keeping them up at night” follows.

On the index cards, invite the learners to write or illustrate what exactly it is that is bothering them. They can free write, make bulleted statements, or draw.

Tell the learners that they have 2 minutes and 17 seconds to write or draw. Once they have written or drawn out their concerns within this time limit, they have 10 minutes to discuss what is bothering them.

When the 10 minutes are up, class resumes without any distractions or disruptions.

This approach is key in teaching learners how to empower themselves, look at their concerns, and go about creating solutions that will adequately meet their needs.

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