Ed Tip: Facilitate Student Check-Ins

Explore four ways to facilitate face-to-face formative check-ins with your students.

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While providing student feedback can be done in many ways, the most powerful approach is often to meet with students in person. By providing feedback in a face-to-face environment, students can ask follow-up questions, and you can address misunderstandings early in the learning process. These meetings facilitate a personalized and differentiated feedback loop and can be conducted either individually or with small groups of students.


  • Rotating Conferences: Have students use a sign-up form to schedule a meeting with you. While the class is working independently, you can conduct these meetings.
  • Blended Learning: Build student conferences into blended learning routines. During station rotation, require one station to be a teacher conference. When using playlists, include a teacher conference as a required task in the learning sequence. During in-class flipped learning, meet with students while others are working independently through the flipped lesson.
  • Project-Based or Inquiry Learning: As students work on projects or research, schedule check-in meetings with them or circulate around the room for informal meetings. Since much of this learning is self-directed, students will need regular feedback and guidance as they work through these two types of learning models.
  • Tutoring: While this strategy will require additional help, such as a classroom aid or a reading or math corps volunteer, research has shown high-dosage tutoring to be highly effective. In this model, students may be pulled aside by a classroom aid or volunteer on a regular basis for tutoring. Some teachers choose to set up after-school meetings with students who need extra support.

Integration Ideas

The main purpose of these check-ins is to provide formative feedback to ensure that students are progressing well in their learning. As you meet with students, consider these strategies:

  • Ask students to bring one or two burning questions with them.
  • Ask students what they feel good about and where they have questions.
  • Conduct a quick formative assessment and review it with the student.
  • Have students explain their progress on a current project or assignment.
  • Ask the student to teach you a concept.
  • Have students provide you with a 3-2-1 (3 things they learned, 2 things they want to learn, and 1 question they have).
  • Conduct an in-person exit ticket.
  • Review a project rubric or checklist collaboratively.

How can I learn more?

Explore AVID Open Access for more free templates, articles, tool tips, podcasts, and other great resources, including this related article, Accelerate Learning Through One-on-One and Small-Group Meetings, or one of these two article collections: Explore Blended Learning Strategies and Leverage AVID’s Six Tutoring Principles to Accelerate Learning.