Thursday, August 20, 2020

Building Student Relationships from a Distance

 This back to school season looks like no season we've ever encountered. Some of us are going back to school with masks over our faces and some aren't going back face-to-face at all. But one thing is not changing: building relationships with students is more important now than ever. 

Many of our students have been home since March. They didn't get to finish out the year with their friends or teachers in person. The best thing we can do for them now is show them we are excited to get to know them, even from a distance. 

One fun, easy, and FREE activity you can do is a virtual movie night! Give your students the opportunity to get to know you and their new classmates outside of a "classroom" environment. Send a link and share your screen. There are also several "watch party" applications that you can utilize that you can find out more about here.

Once you have your link, it's time to invite the kiddos! Download the image below and upload it to PowerPoint or Google Slides to create your invitation. Email it to your families or post it as an announcement in your LMS.

Follow up with an activity where they write about or draw a picture of their favorite part. See who liked the same part as you! Make a new friend and make some memories together. 

Though we are socially distant, we can still come together to build that sense of classroom community and strengthen those relationships!

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