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How do you get to know your students and develop a shared sense of understanding when everybody’s plugged in over video conferencing platforms? Simple: Use the platform’s features to your advantage!
Incorporate public health precautions and emotional support into your morning routine. In-person instruction means you can greet each student at a welcoming sanitation station. Give all of your learners a drop of hand sanitizer and assess how they’re feeling.
Here are some tips to help you start the school year strong and ensure that your individual students can become a close-knit community of learners.
Some schools may be employing a blended learning model where a smaller number of students rotate into the classroom at a time while completing other lessons online. Many schools may shift from virtual learning to in-person instruction, or vice versa, during the year. The key to success in this environment is to make sure that, no matter where each student is, they feel the same amount of inclusion as their peers.
Looking for more icebreakers and strategies to ensure connectedness? Check out this self-paced online professional development course for creating cooperative classrooms, and watch our free recorded webinar about how to build a community of learners.