Using Ask Ed with Students

Ask Ed provides an opportunity to support and encourage students.

By raising awareness of a problem and seeking solutions in a non-threatening format, Ask Ed contributes to the overall health and well-being of students.

STUDENTS

Ask Ed can be used independently by students or by a group of students.

For example, ‘We don't know how to...’ allows for discussion and generation of ideas by a team. Any team problems can be worked through using Ask Ed.

‘I don't know what to write, I left my lunch at home, l can’t concentrate, I don’t know what to do’ - Use Ask Ed to generate ideas. Email and print the Ask Ed Report for the student to use as a reference.

Allow students to independently use Ask Ed. They may feel embarrassed, scared or unsure about discussing a problem with you. It may be the first time the student acknowledges a problem or is willing to begin a process of seeking help.

Small problems can be managed by a student, who may then feel a sense of empowerment that boosts their self-esteem and helps them 'get over' the issue.

FINDING TIME

Using Ask Ed takes organisation and time to work with each student. You are always ‘flat chat’ in class. Working through the Ask Ed app with a student may take between 3 to 10 minutes.

  • Use snack and lunch eating time.
  • Request assistance from leadership.
  • Pair up with a teaching partner. While one teacher is supervising an activity the other uses Ask Ed with their students. Swap over. Good time to do the Action Picture for the Class Display, Draw Ed, or People I Trust activities.
  • Friday afternoons when students may be finishing off work or having Choosing Time.
  • Using five minutes of your own lunch time or recess.
  • After school with parents permission.
  • Make a timetable and let students book in a time.
  • ‘Immediately’ if a child is having a melt down (everybody will feel calmer, more relaxed and can move on in a positive way).

Using Ask Ed is time well spent

The problems students ‘get out of their head’ can range from a 1 to a 10. You become a mentor and counsellor for your students as they work through the Ask Ed process. Additional strategies to assist students using Ask Ed can be found in Ask Ed App Tips.

It got the problem out of my head.

I am feeling much happier.

Relieved it’s outside of me.

Fairly good, I have been a long time with the problem, it bottles up and weighs me down.

Hopefully everything will be fine.

Positive outcomes
for everyone

  • Everyone feels better.
  • Students will have a plan of action.
  • Teachers will have provided support and encouragement to students in a non- threatening format and contributed to the overall health and well-being of their students.
  • After using Ask Ed students generally feel very relieved.

Cleared things up, feel more relaxed.

Now I have ideas in my head.

Made me feel a bit happier.

Getting my problem to Ed was good because I don’t usually do that ‘cos I get a little bit embarrassed.

I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.