WHAT ARE MINUTE MEETINGS?
Students meet with a counselor 1:1 in the hallway for a quick check in.
Here is what other school counselors have to say about meeting minutes.
WHY MINUTE MEETINGS?
- Students love 1:1 positive attention. With minute meetings, each students can be assured, “My counselor knows me!”.
- Students are reminded that the school counselor is a support person they can talk to.
- Counselor will get to know a student’s self-perception on things like school, family, friends, worries and needs.
HOW CAN I RUN MINUTE MEETINGS?
Click here to see the sample excel-sheet sample and here for the blank-excel-template for minute-meetings
Here is how I ran my minute meetings.
- I started small. I met with only 5th graders for this year, thinking next year I’ll add another grade level. I had 5 classes of about 24 students each. I met with each class for 30 to 45 minutes pulling kids into the hallway for a minute-ish each. The other students were doing an activity (watching an intro to Growth Mindset video and answering questions about it … with a word search on the back) Here is the PPT I send to teachers with the hyperlinks of videos embedded. ppt-for minute-meetings
- I used an Excel Worksheet with a few simple question using this form to document the student’s needs and answers to my questions. I like using excel because I can sort each column to triage.
- I asked the students 4 questions where they could answer by telling me or pointing to a number. Easy Peazy. And then I asked a follow up question if warranted or if there was time. Here is the 0-to-10 likert scale you can print out for them to look at while you chat.
- Each student answered the questions as we sat in 2 chairs in the hallway and upon finishing went back in the class and tapped another student to come.
What were the benefits of minute meetings?
- Students loved the 1:1 attention. I got face to face time with 125 students in 3 days.
- I learned things about students I wouldn’t have known otherwise.
- I got pre-post measures of self-perception for any 5th grader I might invite to be in a small group… and now I know who might be good candidates for some of my groups.
- Other staff noticed and asked, “What are you doing in the hallway with the kids?” My principal walked by several time. This was a great way to SHOW a great new program.
- 125 students heard a grown up say, “If you ever need anyone to talk to, I am here for you”.
- I emailed the teachers afterwards (here is the email) to reinforce my appreciation of their flexibility of doing this unorthodox “lesson” and got great feedback.
- Would I do it again? 100% yes!