It’s All About Relationships
Everyone is likely to start off this school year with some version of online learning. Even those starting out face-to-face should be spending some time getting their students ready to learn remotely. When schools closed last spring, teachers had already established relationships with their students. This year we might find ourselves in a much less personal version of learning before those relationships can be established. That’s why it’s more important than ever to focus our early efforts on building relationships. I’ve collected and shared a few of my favorite resources for building relationships and a classroom community remotely.
Taking the time to play some fun games with your students can be a great way to build relationships. Make it your goal to have students excited about being in your class after the first week of school. Don’t worry, your syllabus can wait.
Options for Online Board Games
In addition to 53 games, the folks at Nerd Chalk provide all the information you need to set up and play games over Zoom (or really any video conferencing platform. Because it’s a pretty comprehensive resource, it also contains games that wouldn’t be classroom appropriate (drinking games, truth or dare, etc.), but it’s a great resource.
Create Games in Google Slides
The real-time collaborative nature of Google Slides provides a great platform for creating virtual games. Check out these Twitter-sourced ideas:
- Google Guru, Eric Curts, wrote a great post on how to creating digital versions of chess and checkers with Google Drawings. Check out his cool version of Battleship made with Google Sheets.
- Matt Meyer shared a board game and connect-four style template.
As the father of a rising 6th grader, I know what a big deal it is to get your first locker. Unfortunately, many students won’t be using lockers this year in an effort to minimize hallway traffic. Nick Kempski created this awesome Google Slides template to build relationships and get to know his student by having them design virtual lockers.
Looking for More Ideas?
Check out Katie Martin’s 6 Ideas for Creating a Remote Community of Learners, and George Couros’ 4 Ideas for Building Relationships During Remote Learning.
How Will You Build Relationships During Remote Learning?
Please share your ideas in the comments below or on Twitter.
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