Sometimes it is just an easy tool that we need to move students forward.
This week I made these STUCK STICKS.
I gave one to each of my students and then I went into shut down mode or stayed stuck and did not ask for help. When I did that, the students were told they should give me a STUCK STICK. Then when I was ready to problem solve, ask for help, or move on, I turned my STUCK STICK over to the READY side and handed it back to them. They, of course, loved to call me on my STUCKNESS!
Then we eased into the part where I got to give it to them. I had them pretend to be stuck first.
I don't do any negative tones with this or appear to be judging them. I just use it as a physical reminder to them that they might be "stuck" and might want to try something to pull themselves back into being "ready" to be a learner in the group.
Currently, I am using it with the students who are in the developmental cognitive disability classrooms, but it could certainly be used for other students who sometimes appear stuck in their learning.
I haven't brought them to staff meetings yet, but there are times when I see a possible need for them.