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Social-emotional learning support
Social-emotional learning support

Reflect in Teams for emotional well-being

Create space for students to express themselves as they navigate what's affecting them in school and life beyond. The Reflect messaging poll in Microsoft Teams for Education enables you to send out polls designed to support social-emotional learning and well-being. 

These quick reflections model emotional transparency and support teachers and students in opening dialogue for a responsive class experience. 

Create a Reflect check-in

Encourage reflective conversations in your class by making check-ins a part of your routine. 

  1. Navigate to your desired class and channel, then select New conversation.

  2. Select … to bring up messaging extensions. Then enter Reflect into the search bar. 

  3. Select Reflect

  4. Choose a check-in question from the dropdown menu. 

  5. Select your privacy setting. Students will never see their classmates names associated with responses, but you will always have access to that information. 

  • Select Educators see your name and reflection, classmates won't see your name if you want students to see the distribution of feelings in the class.

  • Select Educators see your name and reflection, classmates won't see anything to keep the distribution of responses private. 

    Note: To protect students from being identified accidentally, responses won't be shared if less than 5 students respond. 

6.  Select Send.

You will see the Reflect check-in posted, and students will be notified of the opportunity to share their feelings. 

screenshot of cursor hovering over the ellipsis beneath "new conversation" messaging extension pop up is showing with "Reflect" in the search bar

Screenshot of the educator creation step of Reflect. Categories to be filled in read: question, privacy, and duration. a preview of the student view is shown.

View student reflections

Check the pulse in your class and identify students who may need support.

  1. Return to the class and channel where you posted your Reflect check-in. Select Explore.

    Note: You do not need to wait until the check-in closes to use the Explore button. As students respond, their reflections will be visible to you.

  2. ​​You will see student responses distributed based on the emoji they selected. Select any emoji to see:

  • Which students selected that emoji

  • How they named their emotion

  • How they responded on recent previous reflections. Hover over any of their previous emoji's to see how they defined it and the date. 

4.   Press Back to return to the full spectrum of        emotions. 

the educator view of the reflect-check in announcement in the class channel. A cursor hovers over the Explore button.

Screenshot of the educator's view of student responses. A bar graph illustrates the distribution of emojis students selected and includes percentages

Educator view of completed reflect check in focused on a single emoji. Theeducator has selected the elated emoji and can see the break down of all the students who selected that emoji, the names they gave their emotions, and the previous 5 reflections of those students.

Respond to a Reflect check-in

Naming your emotions can help you communicate your needs clearly and get support when you need it!

Important: Your educator sees everyone's whole reflection, but you and your classmates will only be able to see emojis, not names. This way you can be honest and not worry what your classmates may think.

  1. When an educator assigns a Reflect check-in, you will see it in your Activity button  Notifications

  2. Select the emoji that best fits how you're feeling. 

  3. Name your emotion by choosing the emotion word that fits with how you are feeling. If the suggested words aren't quite right, select Show more to bring up additional choices. 

  4. Hover over any dot on the graph to see how you were feeling that day. 

See your class' reflections

Note: depending on the privacy settings your educator used, you might not have access to reflections.

When a public Reflect check-in closes, you can see how your class responded.  

  1. Go back to the Reflect check-in after it has closed to view your class' response. You will be able to see how many classmates chose each emoji.

  2. You can select Done to exit, or choose View my journal to see your previous reflections. 

    Tip: Journaling can help you notice your emotions. If you notice you're handling a lot of difficult emotions, reach out to someone you trust. When feelings come up, there are people who want to help!

screenshot of student view of the reflect app. 5 emoji's ranging from elated to angry are beneath the question "How are you feeling today?"

Screenshot of the student view of reflect. A cursor hovers over the word "excited" and a bubble shows the definition "Enthusiastic and eager to take on new challenges"

Screenshot of student journal view. Five emojis are on the vertical axis and date is on the horizontal. A graph shows which emoji the student selected on a given date. Hovering over the points on the graph brings up the name they chose for their emotion that day.

Screenshot of student view of the closed check-in. Bar graphs extend horizontally from each of 5 emoji's and a "no response" indicator. The percentages of votes for each emoji are on the right. A cursor points to the link at the bottom reading "view my journal"

Build social and emotional learning skills with Reflect

Mobilize Reflect data to support your class! Educators are experts at building classroom community. Add Reflect to your existing social and emotional learning routine, or begin an SEL routine with these suggestions:

  • Reach out one-on-one to students who are experiencing a pattern of difficult emotions.

  • Host conversations about the new emotion vocabulary Reflect introduces. Why is excited different than motivated? Why does it matter to be able to express yourself clearly?

  • Discuss empathy with students. Did you notice there are other people in the class who are also in the orange range today? Did you notice people who are having a different experience than you? Why might they be feeling different

  • Reflect as an educator. What student responses do you have the power to impact through your teaching methods? 

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