Building a connection with your students is just as important as the lessons you teach. We often overlook the casual conversations we have before and after class. Don’t lose this important bond with your students when you switch to online classes – use Poll Everywhere to engage your students. Here are four different ways to connect with your students:
Icebreakers First day icebreakers are always great for learning your student’s names and learning more about their interests. With a virtual classroom, it is difficult to ask each student to share a fun fact. Instead of asking each student to turn on their cameras, use a word cloud activity or clickable image to do a fun icebreaker.
Check-ins With COVID-19 and other current events disrupting life as we know it, it is important to check-in with your students. Students may be struggling to adapt to the new distance learning environment, so take some time to check for comprehension. In an in-person class, you may be able to check for confusion on your student’s faces, but in a virtual classroom you cannot. Use a Poll Everywhere multiple choice or clickable image activity to check-in.
Pulse surveys If you’d prefer to send your check-ins asynchronously, consider sending a pulse Survey. These short surveys can be sent bi-weekly to assess how your students are feeling about the pace of the class and gain their honest feedback. To help you get started, we’ve created a class pulse Survey. Add the Survey to your account.
Competitions Energize your students with some friendly competition and gamify your lessons with Competitions. Competitions are a fun way to test student knowledge of the subject matter while having fun.