"We are living in unprecedented times." It’s the line we’ve heard on repeat for the past few months, breeding anxiety, fear, sadness, and confusion. There are no clear rules for our “new normal,” which makes planning for the upcoming school year—and Back-to-School Night—especially challenging for teachers.
As educators, so many of us are concerned about not only the academic aspect of learning, but also the social-emotional toll of current events on our students. While we have no control over what happens over the next few months or even the new school year, we can try to help our students and their families feel as comfortable as possible when it comes to remote or hybrid learning.
Many schools are choosing to hold orientations or Back-to-School Nights remotely this year. As this is unlike anything most schools have ever done, many teachers feel as if they have been thrust into the virtual learning world, trying to adjust to teaching through a screen and learning day by day. Below are some virtual Back-to-School Night activities that will engage students and their families and help them adjust to this unique learning situation.
Back-to-School Night Activities During COVID
1. Start with an Icebreaker
One of the first things teachers learn in college is how important it is to establish relationships with students. There needs to be a level of trust in order for students to thrive academically as well as socially. They need to feel comfortable taking risks and asking questions, and they perform better in class when they feel they know the teacher.
Since virtual learning can feel unnatural for many students, families, and teachers, starting off with an icebreaker or “getting to know you” activity can make everyone feel a little more at ease. Last March, one benefit of remote learning was that teachers and students already knew each other and had established relationships. The lack of in-person instruction this year means it will be harder to form those relationships with students.
Be the first to read the latest from Shaped.