Brain science tells us that adolescents are undergoing rapid physical, psychological and social development, which involves various emotional reactions. Showing you care about your students' emotions can help build trusting relationships in the class. Consider using an emoji emotion scale to provide your students with an opportunity to translate their current feelings. The emoji check in can be quick and informs you of the adjustments you can make for your student so they can refocus and learn how to manage their emotions. 

The emoji emotion scale can be used as a header or footer on handouts or on a teacher clipboard so students can quickly and quietly point to how they are feeling. We've provided some guidelines below on when and how to use the scale.