These fun and creative icebreakers will help you learn more about your students’ interests, how they see themselves, what problems they face in their daily lives, and what they hope to get out of your class.
1) Describe your selfie!
This smartphone inspired icebreaker will help you find out your students’ goals in your class, how they see themselves, and what kind of music and literature your students enjoy.
2) Appsolute Solutions
This creative writing activity will help you find out more about the kinds of problems your students face in their daily lives.
3) Text the Teacher
Students can express their hopes for the class and what their individual needs as a student are. You could also choose to have them turn their messages in anonymously to encourage more honest disclosure.
4) A Twitter Introduction
This activity is similar to the 6 word memoir. You might like to specify how many words or sentences the students’ introductions can contain. Otherwise you could specify that they can write no more than will fit in the space on their Twitter card.
Option 1: Students could take turns sharing what they wrote afterwards.
Option 2: Display the introductions around the classroom and let the students walk around reading them and writing down the names of the student they guess authored each one in the white space around it. Then take the introductions back down and read each one, the list of guesses around it, and ask “Will the real author please stand up?”
5) Common Ground
Have students write their names on the back of the handout, not the front, for more authentic responses from their classmates. Encourage them to write more unique and specific things that others might now know about them. Then display the ads somewhere where other students can sign their names under the interests they share. If students seem to be rushing through this part of the exercise, remind them that the more cards they sign the more social connections they can make. This activity will help students find out more about each other, learn what they have in common with their classmates, and hopefully make some new friends! You can also take a look at them before redistributing the cards to their owners to identify ways to connect with them and find out what interests and hobbies are most common amongst your students.
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