If you have kids who are off to school this year, things are going to be looking quite a bit different than they have in the past. If districts have opted for in-person learning over remote then teachers have been forced to make some significant changes to their classrooms.

However, all of the plexiboard that separates desks or the idea that books have to be off-limits can be scary to some students who may not fully comprehend the pandemic.

Luckily, teachers are angels on earth and many have created ways to make their socially-distanced classrooms feel a bit less scary. Here are a few of the innovative ideas that you can send to your teacher friends.

  1. Mini Individualized Jeeps

  2. Book Boats

  3. Beach Themed Desks

  4. Less Intimidating Soap

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    The cutest little soap dispenser to take to school. #soap #sanitizer #spreadkindnessnotgerms #2020classroom #iteachtoo #iteachsecond #

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  5. Animal Pals

  6. A “Book Bubble”

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    As we prepare for a socially distanced classroom, I am not going to close up my library unless I’m told I need to – but data and science have stated that the virus dies on surfaces after 72 hours. Soooo, here’s the plan… the 🧼book bubble.🧼 1️⃣ students book shop with gloves on. In a blended learning class, I’d have 9 kids at a time. So it’s doable. 2️⃣students keep their books in their book baggies (ziplocks). They stay in the classroom and they use these books all week for independent reading *at school only*. 3️⃣on Friday, students put their books in the book bubble. Here the books will stay until the next Friday, where the new books go in and these come out. Is it a perfect method? No! Will things change if I have different sets of kids throughout a week? Probably! But as educators this is a crazy time and we need to roll with it to keep everyone safe. (Unless going into work isn’t safe – then don’t roll with it. Fight back & let your voice be heard!!) Have you gotten any ideas for how your classroom library will look this year??

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  7. Bright Colors

  8. Socially Distanced Dots

  9. Touchless Take One Table

  10. All the Rainbows

  11. Personalized Masks

  12. Separate Bookshelves

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    De Veerboot maakt zich klaar om op veilige manier les te geven #coronaclassroom #corona

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  13. Lunch Tickets

  14. Personalized Labels for School Supplies

  15. Distraction Greenery

  16. Digital Community Building

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    Community building is so important every year, but this year it is going to be tricky. I am trying to come up with a ton of digital community building activities to make life a bit easier! I love this handprint activity because it allows students to see their similarities and differences. ⁠ ⁠ This is part of my “The Day You Begin” Interactive Read Aloud Package. ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #canadianteacher⁠ #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #teacherspayteachers #iteachtoo #teachersofig #tpt #iteach #teachergram #teacherproblems #iteachthird #iteachfourth #iteachfifth #iteach456 #teachers #teacherlife #classroom #lifeofateacher #iloveteaching #backtoschool #frenchteacher #tptpickme #igconnect4edu #iiteachfrench #albertateacher #backtoschool #sociallydistancedclassroom #virtuallearning #distancelearning #backtoschool2020⁠

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  17. Colorful Footprints

  18. Funny Signs

  19. Shirts So Students Know The Teacher Still Loves Them

How cute are some of these ideas? What other ways have you seen teachers make their classrooms less scary?