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May be done in segments over several days




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To help students be aware of their own needs and preferences, to self-advocate, and to build their help-seeking behaviours

Students reflect on the following questions and share their reflections with their teacher.

  • How do I know when things are not going well for me? (Things that I do/ways that I feel.)
  • How could someone else tell when things are not going well for me?
  • What can I do to help myself cope in school?
    • Take a walk
    • Self-affirmations/Mantras
    • Deep breathing
    • Tangles/Silly putty
    • Journaling/Doodling/Mandalas
    • Reading
    • Other____________________
  • If the coping strategies listed above are not helping, my next step is: _________________________________
  • What I wish my educator knew about me.
    NOTE: there might be self-disclosures, please know your responsibility to access support.
  • Revisit at least every three months.

Help-seeking in the classroom “allows students to constructively re-engage in academic activities when they run into difficulties.” (Marchand & Skinner, 2007). Highly motivated students are more likely to seek help, therefore, allowing them the opportunities for increasingly challenging learning. Those students who do not seek help are likely to then conceal their difficulties. This impacts not only their classroom learning but also their school connection/engagement. Motivation for help-seeking in the classroom can be attributed to student’s internal motivation, anxiety (both error or public knowledge of difficulty) or teacher support (Marchand & Skinner, 2007).

Marchand, G., & Skinner, E.A. (2007). Motivational Dynamics of Children’s Academic Help-Seeking and Concealment. Journal of Educational Psychology, 99(1), 65-82.

As Catholics, we recognize our individual struggles and internal conflicts as part of the human condition. Through personal reflection, and with the help of others, we learn to act in meaningful ways that support us holistically. We continue to face each experience with hope. Our faith is an affirmation that we are never truly alone.

(2c) An effective communicator who presents information and ideas clearly and honestly and with sensitivity to others.