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10 Teachers Taking Their Socially Distanced Classrooms to the Next Level


10 Teachers Taking Their Socially Distanced Classrooms to the Next Level

Most students and teachers are feeling extra nervous about returning to school this year for obvious reasons. However, teachers across the country are adapting and finding new ways to make their students smile even 6 feet apart from each other. From transforming desks to using creative ways to allow students to greet each other from a distance, so many teachers are going the extra mile to make this extraordinary back-to-school season feel more fun than scary. After all, making students feel welcome and safe is what it’s all about, right?

Here are 10 ways that teachers are getting creative with their socially distanced classrooms for the kids!

1. Giving students “a little piece of the rug” that they can no longer meet on together as a class this year

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Via: @teacherintulle

@teacherintulle is building a sense of community in her classroom by giving students a small, rug-like square that they can sit on beside or even under their desks! A perfect time for students to utilize the rug squares is during Class Meetings or read alouds!

2. Having a COVID-safe book tasting!

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Via: @adventuresofmssmith_

“When I ring the bell, they will rotate books at their own desk, they won’t switch tables or books. I’ll have students share their favorites with the class. After they select the books they want to read, I’ll put the unwanted books in a tub for several days.”

Whether you have installed plexiglass in between desks or the desks are placed 6 feet apart, this book tasting is a fun way to get books in kids’ hands and encourage reading.

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Via: @headoverheelsforteaching

3. Turning desks into airplanes!

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10 Teachers Taking Their Socially Distanced Classrooms to the Next Level_Bored Teachers

Via: @iron_wille

This teacher’s creative husband helped her transform her students’ desks into airplanes to make sure each student stayed 6 feet apart. How creative!

4. Decorating student spaces with meaningful messages to students!

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10 Teachers Taking Their Socially Distanced Classrooms to the Next Level_Bored Teachers

Via: @funwithmrsfadal

Megan Fadal, 1st Grade Teacher isn’t letting this year bring down any of her students. She’s built dividers out of plexiglass & wood and used that extra space to display meaningful messages to her students!

5. Using lap desks to take a break from sitting at socially distanced desks all day!

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Via: @ms_julia_gruber

Julia Gruber, First-Year Teacher is having her students eat lunch socially-distanced with the lap desks outside! Students could also sit by their desks on the floor using the lap desks. Throw in a floor cushion for extra comfort!

6. Coming up with new ways for students to greet each other in the morning, like these socially distant cardboard high fives!

10 Teachers Taking Their Socially Distanced Classrooms to the Next Level
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Via: @cardboard_highfive_teacher

Michelle Clark found a way to make social distancing fun. She built these simple “cardboard high-fives” to let students greet each other in the morning without touching. The kids love it and it reminds them of the rules of social distancing. Win-win!

7. Having a back-to-school dance party!

10 Teachers Taking Their Socially Distanced Classrooms to the Next Level

Via: @funwithmrsfadal

Another awesome idea from Megan Fadal, welcoming her students back to school by throwing a mini socially distanced dance party. Students surely deserved it more than ever this year!

8. Turning desks into Jeeps!

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Via: @jenniferpierson11

Jennifer Pierson created a free template for other teachers to make their own Jeep classroom. You can download it HERE.

9. Creating a first-day class photo at a distance.

10 Teachers Taking Their Socially Distanced Classrooms to the Next Level

Via: @headoverheelsforteaching

While classroom photos might be canceled this year, you can still create a fun one from afar! @headoverhealsforteaching, creator of this fun classroom photo is also the teacher behind the “book tasting” craze.

10. Going the simple route is OK, too!

10 Teachers Taking Their Socially Distanced Classrooms to the Next Level

Via: @rainbow.art.teacher

If you have large tables in your classroom, you may be able to simply reduce the number of students per desk. This will allow them to be 6-feet apart without having to spend hours of the day and night measuring, cutting, building, and investing too much money from your own pocket.

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Jenna is a 5th grade teacher in Upstate New York! She loves to cook, dance, and dance while cooking! When she's not taking care of her succulent babies, Jenna can be found grading a stack of papers with one hand and holding a chilled glass of white wine in the other.

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