With schools still closed across the United States, many educators are approaching a full month of teaching from home. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are five ways that teachers have adapted communication to stay connected with their classes.
1. To check in with students and families.
Send home inspirational messages and affirmations help keep spirits up. (Gifs and memes also work too, if that’s how your classes roll.)
Ask your class to reply with how they’re doing, or mix it up with emoji responses or tools like Google Forms.
2. To make distance learning work.
Whether that means sending home materials, teaching by text, or organizing activities—whatever works for each teacher and classroom.
TIP: Using Google Classroom, Flipgrid, or any of these online tools? Connect your accounts to Remind for easier sharing.
3. To see photos of student learning.
Pictures from students and parents show that learning at home can come in many different forms, some of them unexpected—and all of them heartwarming.
Pet photos: Also great.
4. To organize ways to learn together in real time.
Step 1: Set up a video session.
Step 2: Make sure students and parents get the invitation in time to join the session.
Step 3: Success!
Missing trivia night? Holding a virtual version might do the trick.
5. To stay connected.
Setting up an open line of communication can encourage students to reach out with questions about classwork…
…or about life.
And sometimes, the messages you get from students and parents aren’t questions at all.