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25 Alternatives to Handshakes

I always took pride in teaching my students the proper way to complete a handshake. After all, shaking hands is a life skill, isn't it? Well, maybe not any more! But we still need to greet each other!
25 Alternatives to Handshakes: Greeting classmates is an important part of bonding as a class and building relationships.
Building community in the classroom involves interactions.
 
Children (and adults) need to greet each other each day. The skill of positive interactions is one I am proud to teach because it is one they will need for the rest of their lives.

I think we can agree, handshakes are questionable with today's health challenges. But there are parts to the handshake that have value: a moment of "connection," eye contact, a greeting, and a respect for the other person.

I've come up with a list of 25 different greetings that students can do as part of a morning greeting, and end of school meeting, or simply saying hello to their teacher in the morning. Plus, they can be done in online meetings as well!

Here they are:

#1: Give the peace sign!

#2: Give each other heart hands!

#3: Give air hugs! 

25 Alternatives to Handshakes: Greeting classmates is an important part of bonding as a class and building relationships.
#4: Share a squirt of hand sanitizer!

#5: Wave!

25 Alternatives to Handshakes: Greeting classmates is an important part of bonding as a class and building relationships.


 

#6: Smile with your eyes!

#7: Jazz hands!

25 Alternatives to Handshakes: Greeting classmates is an important part of bonding as a class and building relationships.
 #8: Give each other a salute!

#9: Do a "One Second" Dance!

25 Alternatives to Handshakes: Greeting classmates is an important part of bonding as a class and building relationships.

#10: Raise your eyebrows!

#11: Throw your hands in the air!
25 Alternatives to Handshakes: Greeting classmates is an important part of bonding as a class and building relationships.

#12: Do two claps!

#13: Do a fist pump!

25 Alternatives to Handshakes: Greeting classmates is an important part of bonding as a class and building relationships.
#14: Give the "Sup" nod!

#15: Give a thumbs up!

25 Alternatives to Handshakes: Greeting classmates is an important part of bonding as a class and building relationships.

#16: Blow air kisses!

#17: Jump for joy!

25 Alternatives to Handshakes: Greeting classmates is an important part of bonding as a class and building relationships.

#18: Give "air" high fives!

#19: Give the "Live Long and Prosper" signal from Star Trek!

25 Alternatives to Handshakes: Greeting classmates is an important part of bonding as a class and building relationships.
#20: Place your hand on your heart!

#21: Namaste! 

 
25 Alternatives to Handshakes: Greeting classmates is an important part of bonding as a class and building relationships.

#22: Bow to each other!

#23: Wink at each other!

#24: Give each other the home alone face!
25 Alternatives to Handshakes: Greeting classmates is an important part of bonding as a class and building relationships.

 and #25: Have your class make up your own greeting!

Well there, now you have 25 ways to start or end your day that can be used in a socially distant classroom or during remote learning!

Here are some other ways to build community and team work in the classroom:


25 Alternatives to Handshakes: Greeting classmates is an important part of bonding as a class and building relationships.

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