Amy Humes

Primary Teacher

St. Bartholowmew's Primary

  • Digital Learning: Health & Wellbeing

Using mental health check-ins to increase engagement during remote teaching


Check-ins are important in children’s wellbeing during online learning. Mitchell, Mackenzie & Murdoch (2020) describes the importance of continuing to check in with students while online. Moreover, the article discusses that giving children the opportunity to connect with their teacher reinforces the strong relationships that have been built in class and are able to be transferred online. Spencer (2020) states that children may feel isolated when engaging with online learning. A study has shown that in order for children to successfully engage with online learning it depends on the relationship between teacher and student. Furthermore, when students fail to connect with their teacher online it leads to disengagement with online learning. This further develops to low attendance, low achievement and low engagement with online lessons. In order to have a smooth transition from face to face to online it is important to check in so that children have a sense of accountability and creates a teacher presence in their life. Terell (2020) further exemplifies that having online check ins for pupils makes them feel they have a connection with their teacher online. In addition to this it is important for children’s emotional and social wellbeing that pupils are aware their teacher cares about them. Using a mental health check in allows for teachers to assess children feelings, if this will affect their engagement for that day and if need be teachers require to check-in more frequently. 


The aim of this enquiry is to investigate the effects of introducing an online health and wellbeing check in before children begin their learning on a Monday and Thursday. The specific focus is to investigate the effects this check in has on increasing engagement during online learning. 

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