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Why should I do it?

  • Let’s the student know you are interested and concerned

When should I do it?

  • When a student has a strong desire to share things with you but doesn’t know how to wait to share 

How do I do it? (from InterventionCentral.org):

Step 1:From the sample forms that accompany this intervention description, choose a version of the Talk Ticket form that best suits your needs.

Step 2: Meet with the student privately to introduce the Talk Ticket intervention. Tell the student that, when an upsetting incident occurs that the teacher cannot immediately meet with the student to discuss, the student will be given a “Talk Ticket.” This ticket will guarantee that the student will be able to meet with a trusted adult to debrief about the incident -but at a time that will not interfere with instruction.

Step 3: Whenever you note that the student is upset about an event or issue but you not have time to meet immediately with the student to discuss the situation, write out a Talk Ticket that notes a time and location for the student to meet with a trusted person (e.g., you, school counselor, administrator, teacher) to problem-solve about the issue.

Step 4: Be sure that the student is allowed to ‘redeem’ his or her Talk Ticket at the time noted! If you have listed several adult contacts in the school whom the student might choose to meet with, you may decide to let the student work down the list, checking in with each of the adults listed until the student finds one who has time to meet with him or her.

Step 5 (Optional): After the student meets with an adult to talk about the upsetting situation, you might choose to have the student complete the “Talk Ticket Reflective Planner” form. Or the student and adult can complete this form together as part of their conference.

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