How Can Teachers Improve Wellbeing for Their Students and Themselves?

Educator Impact

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In a classroom setting, the adage, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” could not be truer. Fostering respectful teacher-student relationships, where each individual is valued and acknowledged, is integral to successful classroom dynamics and positive outcomes for students. When all participants’ concerns and insights are equally appreciated, it helps build the foundation for an inclusive learning environment. Every student wants to feel cared for and valued by the significant people in their lives, including their teachers. Gauging and tracking an individual student’s social-emotional wellbeing demonstrates to your students that you care about them. Making an effort to understand their challenges and concerns in terms of personal wellbeing keeps channels of communication open, enabling teachers to deepen relationships and build trust, which are cornerstones of a thriving culture of learning.

Improving student outcomes by tracking wellbeing in real time

A growing body of evidence-based practice corroborates the significance of the link between social-emotional wellbeing and favorable academic outcomes. Research has consistently found a positive correlation between measures of children’s social-emotional skills and their overall life success, highlighting the need for nuanced yet practical interventions to identify degrees of student wellbeing that are designed to drive optimal outcomes in the classroom and beyond.

Furthermore, teachers themselves believe that teaching is “inevitably linked” with the emotional health and wellbeing of the students being taught. Social awareness and relationship skills drive interactions between teachers and their students, as well as between peers, and are crucial to high-functioning classrooms. However, there is still a gap between the evidence-based, data-driven body of scholarly knowledge and the implementation of effective practices and tools required to intervene and make use of it in a timely, purposeful manner. How do we fill that gap and empower teachers to improve the wellbeing of their students? How can a teacher improve students’ wellbeing while staying in step with the expectations around teaching, which are constantly evolving and increasingly demanding?

As an educator, do you ever feel that you are “one step forward and two steps back?” Does the current environment sometimes make it seem more like ten steps back? While school administrators and teachers are pivoting to maintain a quality education during challenging times, EI Pulse, designed by Educator Impact (EI), provides a layer of meaningful communication that translates into actionable data to better meet the needs of all your students and teachers.

EI believes that “students’ wellbeing is at the heart of academic success.” Knowing this and understanding that young people’s physical, emotional, and mental states can fluctuate dramatically make it crucial to have real-time data and the ability to intervene quickly. EI Pulse checks in with every student, every week, in a user-friendly, risk-free, and engaging format. Students reflect and answer a series of five questions based on their welfare that takes approximately one minute. In those sixty seconds, valuable insight is gained, enabling the delivery of effective, front-line support across the entire school community. Having EI Pulse in your school’s toolbox allows teachers to collect impactful data without intensive labor.

Taking time out for weekly check-ins opens pathways and normalizes conversations around wellbeing. With community buy-in and oversight, EI Pulse contributes to a culture of care and trust building that encourages even the most vulnerable students to reach out for support. Additionally, EI Pulse collects statistically significant data relevant to all your stakeholders. The platform not only collects data in near real time to enhance decision making, but it also gives teachers and administrators an extra layer of confidence around making those decisions.

In the diverse classrooms of 2020, teachers need additional support and tools. Relying on perception alone is not a culturally competent way forward. In the modern-day classroom, intentional curricular programming based on a relationship-based practice backed up by relevant research and participant feedback is the best course of action. EI Pulse alleviates much of the guesswork for teachers, clearing a pathway for informed decision making and enhancing their confidence levels, which is a key career motivator. Moreover, the Pulse homes in on emerging classroom trends, providing teachers and their school communities with applicable opportunities for continuing professional development and thoughtful intervention. The data pool gathered through regular use of the Pulse is a game changer for teachers and their students.

Imagine the implications of being able to monitor the pulse of the entire student population while still addressing the needs of each individual. Imagine the impact that this would have on your school’s atmosphere and your students’ academic outcomes. With the ever-increasing demands on teachers and school administrators, EI Pulse fills the gap between the evidence-based body of knowledge around the importance of students’ wellbeing and the implementation of effective practices and tools required to understand and address it in a timely, meaningful way.

During this challenging period, schools are working tirelessly to maintain the level of quality that their communities have come to expect and require. Contributing to a culture of care and actively engaging with your student body using EI Pulse provides a layer of support that’s necessary in the best of times and essential in times like these. EI Pulse contributes to a healthy, engaged school environment and provides a solution to how teachers can impact students’ wellbeing.

Educator Impact is dedicated to helping students find easier ways to ask for help, giving teachers real-time insights on those students, and helping school leaders identify trends in school wellbeing and culture trends.

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