ArtsConnection Teaching Artists: Angel Thompson. Kerry Warren. Andy Gaukel, & Rosalind Lilly
Remote learning can be physically isolating. Rituals may help students feel connected and experience a stronger sense of community. Plus, engaging in the same activity at the start of every lesson may also be helpful for students who need more support to navigate transitions.
Think about consistency in your video components listed below. Not all of these have to be the same every lesson, but creating a sense of ritual or routine for at least some components might be a good idea. The most important element is your sincerity and commitment to your opening and closing rituals.
- Structure of lesson
- Repetition of content/skills
- Examples of opening rituals that work well in remote teaching and learning settings include:
- Ringing a singing bowl or a chime
- Leading students in several deep breaths together
- Guiding students through a stretch or movement warm-up or shake out
- Invite students to strike poses to show how their brains/bodies/hearts are feeling
- Examples of closing rituals that work well in remote teaching and learning settings include:
- Lead the class to pull the energy created, by pulling with hands from the camera, and sending this into our physical spaces.
- Take a big a few big breaths & a moment to reflect
- Share a virtual hug before ending the video
- High Five the camera as you end the video
- Guide students in stretch
- Close by ringing a singing bowl or chime or other instrument
- Lead students in a chant & pose combination
Example Video: Rituals and Routines
More on incorporating rituals from ArtsConnection Teaching Artist Rosalind Lilly. Rituals in Virtual Learning Spaces Video