Ice Breakers

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It’s tough to get to know students as people and as learners.  What do you do to break the ice?

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5 Responses to “Ice Breakers”

  1. Becca Says:

    Since I teach on the college level, I get a sheet of everyone’s ID picture, now two to four years old. As the students come in, I try to guess their names, which ends up being a little goofy as I get most of them wrong …

  2. Whitney Nielsen Says:

    I usually begin by giving a survey such as this one. It has changed a little for each class, and will probably continue changing.

    History Survey

    1. What do you like most about history?

    2. What do you like least about history?

    3. On a scale of 1 to 5, how much do you learn from the following activities? (5 = learn a lot from the activity, 1 = learn very little from it)

    Taking notes _____ Reading the textbook ____
    Worksheets ______ Class Debates _____
    Primary Sources _____ Class Discussions ______
    Small Group Work ______ Looking at Photographs ______
    Working with a Partner _____ PowerPoints ____
    Writing an Essay _____ Watching a Film _____

    4. On a scale of 1 to 5, how much do you enjoy the following activities? (5 = very fun, 1 = not very fun)

    Taking notes _____ Reading the textbook ____
    Worksheets ______ Class Debates _____
    Primary Sources _____ Class Discussions ______
    Small Group Work ______ Looking at Photographs ______
    Working with a Partner _____ PowerPoints ____
    Writing an Essay _____ Watching a Film _____

    5. Is there anything in particular you would like to learn about this semester?

    6. What takes up your time other than school? (clubs, jobs, sports, other activities, etc)

    7. What can I do, as your teacher, to help you learn a lot this semester?

  3. Becca Says:

    Is your class required or an elective?

  4. Whitney Nielsen Says:

    I have only taught required classes.

  5. Becca Says:

    Same here. It can be harder that way, since they’re forced to be there. What do you like about history? Nothing. What do you want out of this class? A passing grade so I can graduate and get on with my live. Glare. Sulk.

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