As a kid, I always loved school, so it makes sense that I became a teacher. I did not, however, always love the typical back-to-school ice breakers. They left me feeling put on the spot and embarrassed. As a teacher, I carry a new perspective since I realize not every student has an amazing vacation story to share with the rest of the class.
With all of this in mind, I set out to create a fun, engaging back-to-school activity that students would NOT dread.
This resource can be used as a BREAKOUT ACTIVITY or as an ESCAPE ROOM.
Whether you choose to conduct a back-to-school breakout activity or an escape room, the game will consist of 3 tasks.
--The first two tasks are based on your course syllabus. A syllabus template* is provided within this document, and it is editable. Students must solve puzzles, riddles, and secret codes to learn more about your class rules, expectations, and procedures.
--The third task is growth-mindset oriented. Students must complete mindset surveys, watch a video to learn more about growth mindset, and complete a mindset maze with their group members.
These back-to-school activities are designed to encourage collaboration among students in a fun and challenging way. Rather than stand in front of the class for the typical back-to-school lecture over your course syllabus, why not consider turning it into a memorable game that will set an engaging tone from the start?
You can choose to play this as a Breakout Activity game, meaning that students do not have to leave their seats to complete each task.
You can also choose to play this as an Escape Room. Three editable riddles are included. If you choose to conduct an Escape Room, your students will move freely around the classroom looking for your hidden clues. Together, the discovered clues create three riddles. Students use these riddles to locate their three tasks.
*You can preview the course syllabus template by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2tefYOu
PLEASE NOTE: This activity takes around 45-60 minutes to complete, and it does require minor technology (students will need access to an online video).