Classroom morning greetings are a powerful way to deepen relationships, build our students’ confidence, and learn communication skills. Non-contact morning greetings are a way to still offer greeting choices while maintaining social distancing or remote teaching meetings.
This past school year was one we never could have predicted! So much changed, so very quickly. You suddenly left the comfort of our classrooms and quickly figured out how to reach and teach your students from home.
While much changed there were things that remained the same. Distance learning did not take away your students’ need for routine, classroom rituals, or for a sense of belonging. Relationships never stopped mattering. If anything, it all matters more now than it ever did before.
We don’t know exactly what the next school year will look like, but I think it’s fair to say that online learning will play a prominent role. As we begin to plan what that will look like, we must consider how we’ll provide a sense of normalcy and consistency for students, as well as to find ways to connect and build relationships.
One powerful classroom routine that can easily be transferred to distance learning is the morning greeting, and I’m excited to share that I have updated my Morning Greeting Choices resource to include 12 non-contact greeting choices for remote learning!
Why a Morning Greeting?
Incorporating a morning greeting into your remote teaching can help in a number of ways. For one, a special greeting starts the day on a positive note. Smiles appear when students get to choose a greeting that allows their individual personality shine through. It allows every student the opportunity to hear their name spoken with warmth and respect.
Morning greetings are also a wonderful way to build strong relationships with your students and allow students to build relationships with each other. They allow students to feel seen by you and their classmates. Hearing their name makes them feel cared for and valued. This sense of belonging is key to ensuring students feel motivated to learn.
Finally, a morning greeting routine provides students the opportunity to practice communication skills such as looking at each other (even if only through a screen!), using a friendly voice and body language, speaking clearly and audibly, listening, and waiting for one’s turn- all of which can be extra challenging for kids while in an online class meeting!
The Morning Greeting Choices resource includes plenty of options so you can make it work for whatever situation you may find yourself in next year!
If you do end up back in the classroom, the resource includes printable posters, circular and square cutouts you can hang, as well as the digital slides you could project during your morning meeting!
If you’re teaching from home the slides are perfect to project during your online class meeting!
For those who have previously purchased, the update is FREE. Just download the greetings again and the non-contact greetings will be included!
So while you may not be able to hug or high-five your students this coming year, there are plenty of other fun ways you can greet and connect with your students without having to make contact. I hope you’ll find this resource helpful as you work to create the routines and rituals that build community and foster a sense of connection, even from afar.