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5 Tips to Get the School Year Off to a Good Start

5 Tips to Get the School Year Off to a Good Start | Quick Tips & Tutorial for your presentations

Due to the current pandemic, this next back-to-school period is going to be quite different from what we’re used to. According to a recent poll by Axios, more than 70% of teachers are taking courses on how to improve their tech skills so they can apply them to online and distance learning. 

Besides, almost 75% of parents don’t know how this back-to-school process is going to be, or think that the established protocols regarding education during the pandemic could be better. 

To help you with this, we’re going to share with you 5 useful tips to begin the new school term with ease. Shall we begin? 

Try gamification

Using games and fun activities during the first days of class will help you break the ice with your students. This fosters communication between them and sets everyone in a good mood. You’ll grab their attention easily! 

For example, you could try using interactive presentations. If you need some ideas, here’s a quick tutorial on how to create a Jeopardy-based game in Google Slides or PowerPoint

These exercises are good for reviewing concepts from previous years. In the end, your students will have fun and, at the same time, will remember what they’ve previously learned. 
 

Set clear goals and communicate them to parents

Make your students and their parents know what goals you are aiming to achieve this new school year. Tell the educational community what methodologies are going to be used, what will the schedule be, the timetables, the school rules… Everyone will see that you have things under control, so they will put their trust in you. 

Explain your teaching method 

To put this into practice, you can use the Back to School: Info for Parents & Students template, which is 100% free and editable. 

In this slide that we’re showing you, for example, you can describe the teaching method and its relevant points, such as goals, evaluation and activities. 

Its blackboard backgrounds and the chalk-like icons and drawings will make it look as if you were in the classroom. If some parents cannot attend the school opening and you want to send them a copy of the presentation, this tutorial will teach you how to export a Google Slides deck as a PDF, and its PowerPoint equivalent

Keep your students motivated

To connect with your students and create a good atmosphere in class, try using references that they can recognize. For example, you can include creative illustrations, images or pictures, or even a funny meme! Empathize with them! 

It’s much easier for your students to learn with elements that are familiar to them in their daily lives. Remember that these new generations grew up in a digital environment: they have been surrounded by technology since they were born. 

In order to explain concepts and tell stories, we recommend that you visit Stories by Freepik, where you will find hundreds of funny illustrations that can be downloaded for free.  If you don’t know how to modify and insert these images into your presentation, have a look at our article: "Awesome illustrations for creative presentations", about this cool project by Freepik.   

Try using illustrations from Stories by Freepik

Use storytelling for your lessons

Keep your students focused on the lesson by using techniques such as storytelling. We guarantee that all of them will be able to remember what you’ve taught them much more easily. 

Try using elements that are common in stories: setting, characters, conflicts. You also need a clear message structured in three “acts”: setup, confrontation and resolution. Just like a narrative! This will grab your student’s attention during the whole lesson. They will ask for more! 

Presentations are a good visual support for storytelling. Such is the case of Papyrus History Lesson, a template that can turn any lesson into a time-traveling experience. 
 

Travel back in time with storytelling techniques and a good presentation

Make your presentation more dynamic

As we mentioned before, it is important to use references that are easily recognizable by your students. What else can be used to this effect? How about GIFs?  

These “short clips” or images in motion are already part of our lives. You can try them to present the main topic of the lesson, or as a little inside joke at the end of each class. There are millions of them, so try using them as a visual example of any given concept. 

If you don’t know how to insert GIFs into your presentations, we have a tutorial for Google Slides and PowerPoint that will help you in no time. 

We hope these tips are useful for you during this new school term. Remember that Slidesgo has templates dedicated to the back-to-school theme. Download and edit them so you can prepare your classes. Get off to a good start! 
 

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