Share your story

Do you use this resource in your own teaching practice? Let us know how you support student well-being by sharing your story.

Creative Pre-class Activities for Social Connectedness and Student Engagement

These activities increase student engagement and help students start off the class connected and with their brains activated.

Benefits

Absenteeism and late arrivals both reduced after these activities were introduced at the start of classes. Students start the class connected and brains activated in a creative activity.

Context

These activities were embedded in a synchronously delivered School of Sustainable Energy Engineering class on Zoom. They can be adapted to other teaching platforms.

 

Learn more about Taco’s reflections and approach to remote teaching here

Overview

Colouring pages

  • Download a colouring page from the internet or use one from Creative Collective
  • Share your screen with students
  • Encourage students to annotate the page with the Zoom annotate tools during the 5 minutes before class  

 

Jigsaw puzzles

  • Create a jigsaw puzzle at https://www.jigsawplanet.com/ with any available image 
  • Share the link with students during the first few minutes before class