To give all students a voice
Empowering and encouraging students to express themselves is fundamental to managing student wellbeing. When students express themselves, it presents teachers with an opportunity to get to know them on a deeper level. Whether it be concerns, stories of gratitude, their vulnerabilities or their achievements it opens the door for a meaningful conversation to be had and a bond to be formed. Making self-expression simple and safe at school, assists in reducing the fear and apprehension of speaking out when facing challenging times or moments of severe psychological distress.
That is heard and acted on
Student voices are often lost in overly rich and thematic data sets. This can be incredibly damaging for students, as we all share a desire to be heard and to have our feelings and needs acknowledged. The act of listening, understanding and acknowledging a student’s fear, anxiety or sadness can change the course of a life. It may be as simple as a few words to let a student know you are listening and you care about them. The challenge for schools is managing this for 100s or potentially 1,000s of students. Skodel was built not just to amplify student voice but to act as a listening tool.
Why checking in is so important
Over the last 30 years, we have made considerable improvement across all objective measures of well being that we have available. However, despite this, there has been a concerningly poor trend when it comes to mental illness. The social, technological and cultural change that has taken place has presented different psychological challenges. Whilst much of this progress is seemingly good, it has become a much more complex journey for our youth to find their footing in today’s world. And yet there is immense pressure to do so as a result of our mechanisms for spreading idealism. These same mechanisms can be used in other, potentially more harmful ways, with much of it taking place under the surface.
Perhaps most troubling is that as mental illness continues to rise, it remains very much the invisible enemy, with just 18-34% seeking help when they are under psychological distress, even if it is severe. Checking in, when done effectively, engages students in their wellbeing and unlocks their voice, helping us gain visibility on the state of individual and collective wellbeing.
Architecting a reliable approach to understanding complex wellbeing issues and simply communicating these at all levels of the community.
Empowering school communities with timely wellbeing data and proven support solutions to help them improve individual and collective wellbeing.
The starting point to delivering better wellbeing outcomes is being able to deeply understand what it looks like at the individual and collective level.
"Through our unique and simple check-in tool for students, we are working toward a world where wellbeing is communicated and understood by all"