While We Wait
Make use of the 5-10 minutes before class time or if you give a break in the middle of class.
When you have time between classes and can log on a few minutes early, this can help engage students who show up early, and encourage them to come on time for class, while helping create a sense of community in the way that people trickling into class early can do in an in-person class.
Not too much. If using music or coloring pages, you may want to prepare ahead of time, but it can also take about 2 minutes to find something suitable if you don’t have time to prepare ahead of time!
In the video, we discuss the following ideas:
These things should not take more than 5 or 10 minutes to do.
Obviously, you can use the time before class to just be available for students in case they want to talk about anything else – rather than filling the time with other activities; but these are just some variations that may encourage students who would not naturally come in and chat on their own.
For coloring: any video tool that allows screensharing and annotation, or
For music sharing: any video tool that allows sharing computer sound.
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