Community stories and testimonials

Anxious About Class Allocations

Following the announcement of class allocations for the year, a student learned they were being separated from their best friend, causing severe anxiety, to a point of getting physical hives. The Principal was able to reassure the parent that Switch4Schools was being used to help the student develop strategies for managing their anxiety while their class teacher monitors their emotional check-in data to ensure the strategies are helping.

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Miranda (teacher of a grade 5/6 class) likes to use her iPad to facilitate the check in process each morning.  Each table group takes turns to come to the front of the room to check in, giving her the opportunity to connect with them while also marking off the roll.  While this is happening the remaining class members write or draw in their journal (a standard exercise book) reflecting on the previous day.  She gave some thought starters to get them going but now they are self motivated.  The students have the option to share their journal with her, which some have opted to do.  She has found this to be a really effective way to settle the class to begin learning for the day. 

Daily Mindfulness Activity

For the students in one of the year 5 classes in Canberra who had been in lock down for some time, the switches became a much needed break from the norm. The teacher set a daily switch challenge for the students each day, in addition to their usual curriculum.  Once the activity was completed the students took a photo of the completed activity and shared it in their online group chat channel.  The teacher commented that this was homework she actually enjoyed marking! 

Remote Monitoring

Homeschooling has been a stressful transition for a lot of classes, but for Claire (grade 6 teacher) she has found the Switch4Schools program has made it so much easier to check in on the student’s health and well being from such a significant distance.  The students had reported they missed being able to check in when not at school, so now being able to check in from home has been great. 

Quiet Time

We all know the students can get a bit rowdy after lunch.  A grade 6 teacher uses the check in process to calm the room and assess if there has been an issue during the lunch break in the playground.  As the students then undertake a quiet activity she follows up with flagged students to make sure they are okay. 

Creating a Communication Bridge

Shelly reports that the students in her 2/3 class absolutely love the check-in each morning. They use the one iPad and even has one student who double checks that everyone has signed in so that class time is not interrupted. During their morning routine, she will have a quick look to see where the students are at and if there is anyone that she needs to have a quick chat to. Sometimes she may not get to a student straight away, but she lets them know that she noticed how they were feeling and will check in with them as soon as she can. She reports to have learned a lot about her students and their emotions through the app but especially in the check-in conversations. She has found the app such a good bridge for communication and for students to identify what is going on for them that day, reflecting that without it, a lot of children would not have the ability or confidence to do this.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

This is great! Switch4Schools puts all the mental health tools kids and teachers need in one, practical and easy to use place.

Omen Facto
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL, QUEENSLAND STATE SCHOOL

The kids really love it! They were ready to go to the next level and this was perfect. They really love how the science ties in and the whole of class data is really invaluable.

Tyrone Wheeler

TEACHER, HAMILTON STATE SCHOOL

My class are really enjoying and very much valuing our check in time. My class already appear more settled and calm at the beginning of each day. The data has been great and I'm very much seeing the benefit in this sort of check in process.

Claire Kable

TEACHER, PARK RIDGE STATE SCHOOL

It's an amazing tool with targeted resources and strategies to empower students.

Karen Mahar

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, DEPUTY HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL, RADFORD COLLEGE

I love the way it is helping students to recognise emotions, self-regulate and establish practices to help with all of those emotions.

Ann Suthers

TEACHER, HAMILTON STATE SCHOOL

Switch4Schools has been an awesome app that has been easily integrated into my class's daily routine. When the children walk in of a morning, they get their iPad and check in on the app. It takes all of 30 seconds! At the end of their check in, if students have identified feeling out of the green zone, they know they have time to go through the tools to find a strategy that might help bring them back to green for learning. Switch4Schools has also tied in beautifully with the health curriculum in grade 5 particularly, as we have a unit where the kids are identifying feelings that belong to certain behaviours, and going through scenarios for how to help themselves and others. With this seemless connection, it made teaching the vocabulary of feelings easy, and rather than the children needing to think of what they could do when not in the green zone the app provides them with strategies to try. It's been a simple way to find out how my students are feeling and gives me an opportunity to talk with those who want to. It also promotes independence and ownership of their emotions and behaviours. 

Shawnee Homes 

TEACHER, SAMFORD STATE SCHOOL