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Is Your "Back to School" on a "Coronacoaster?" Part 2: Build Relationships

We are hearing so much conflicting information about the start of school this year, with no definite answers. Here are some of the options:
  • full time in the classroom
  • full time remote learning
  • the hybrid model: a little of each
  • a variety of the above

With all this uncertainty, how can teachers plan for this Coronacoaster?

 Today is part 2 in a five part series about returning to school during this Coronacoaster!
 Is Your "Back to School" on a Coronacoaster? Part 2: Build Relationships! The uncertainty of "Back to School" is making it difficult for teachers to plan. Here are some ideas that will help you build relationships, no matter where your class will be!

Build Relationships

As teachers, we all know that building relationships is as important as the teaching itself! After all, if they don't know you care, they won't learn from you!

Whether you are in school, or giving them an online activity, find ways to get to know them. Morning Meetings are a great way to build relationships with students. Interesting topics of discussion are great for getting them to develop oral language as well as building those bonds. 

It's also a good idea to find times to connect on a more personal level. This will be a challenge in the classroom, since you won't be able to get close enough to have those personal conversations. If the children are old enough, it's fun to let them write in a journal, which they'll pass in. They love when you write back a personal note! This can also happen if you're teaching remotely! 

Here are some resources and ideas to help build relationships and connections:


These games can be easily used in the classroom, but with a little creativity, many can be played virtually as well! Plus, many of these games can be adapted to topics of learning! 60 Team Building Games and Activities


If you're not familiar with Boom Cards, it's time you hopped on this bandwagon! Why? They can be used in the classroom just as easily as they can be used remotely. They can be used on any device, since all you need to do is send a link. They are not dependent on a specific platform (Google, Seesaw, etc.) You can send the link through any platform! 

This set of Boom Cards lets the children answer questions about themselves, helping them get to know themselves a little better, and helping the teacher get to know them as well! (Don't tell them it's a great way to practice reading and writing skills, and the teacher can easily make assessments of their writing skills!) 

These can be done through distance learning, or in the classroom. It might be fun to bring this resource back a few times a year in order to see the growth and change the children are experiencing: Who Am I: Get to Know Your Students Boom Cards


I don't know if it's possible for children in classrooms to play board games while staying socially distant, but this game could be sent home to be shared with families. The cards themselves make great questions for discussion, during Morning Meeting or reading discussions! Get to Know You Board Game

I'm sure you have more ways to build relationships with students than I've listed here. Feel free to share your ideas in the comments below!

Be sure to read all five parts of this Coronacoaster Back to School series:


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Is Your "Back to School" on a Coronacoaster? Part 2: Build Relationships! The uncertainty of "Back to School" is making it difficult for teachers to plan. Here are some ideas that will help you build relationships, no matter where your class will be!

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