Fist to Five

This routine helps students assess and communicate how they are feeling. Use this routine to check in on their emotional well-being, comfort level with technology, or something fun, like their opinion about a recent social media campaign, television series, or music release.

Face-to-Face Learning

Seat the class in a circle, if possible given social-distancing requirements, and pose a question. Have students respond by holding up a fist or 1–5 fingers. The fist indicates the low end of the scale, and five represents the high end. Use their responses to spark small-group discussions or a class discussion, focusing on strategies to move everyone closer to the high end of the scale. Possible questions include:

  • Fist to five, how are you feeling today? 
  • Fist to five, how was your time management this week? 
  • Fist to five, how well are you able to manage the class technology when working at home? 
  • Fist to five, how is social distancing at school working for you?

Remote Learning

Start class by posing a question to the group, which you can say aloud, write in the chat, or share on your screen. If possible, encourage students to turn on their cameras for this activity, even if they are not in the picture and you just see their hands when they hold up their fingers. If students’ cameras are off, they can write the number of fingers they are holding up in the chat. Explain that you will be asking some questions, and they should respond by holding up a fist or 1–5 fingers to the camera. The fist indicates the low end of the scale, and five represents the high end. Use their responses to spark a class discussion, focusing on strategies to move everyone closer to the high end of the scale, or have students come up with strategies in breakout groups and record them on a collaborative document. Possible questions include:

  • Fist to five, how are you feeling today?
  • Fist to five, how is your Wi-Fi connection today? 
  • Fist to five, what’s your interest level for our current project/book/your independent reading?
  • Fist to five, how well are you able to access class videos at home? 
  • Fist to five, what’s your motivation level today?

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