3 Incredible Icebreakers Your Students Will Love
by James Alan Sturtevant
February represents the Dog Days in education. All the freshness of the school year are gone. Spring break is still a long way off and the weather — at least in the great state of Ohio — is nothing to write home about!
Sometimes, as you watch your kids march in at the beginning of the period, you feel like you’re observing a church congregation full of middle-aged parishioners.
Everyone sits in the same pew, shakes hands with the same people, and says pretty much the same things. It’s time to shake things up!
Here are three totally original icebreakers to help you randomly sort your students. Perhaps, a new seating chart is needed. Or, maybe it’s time get kids working with different peers on the next project.
These icebreakers will help you rearrange your students socially, but the real draw is your students and you will have a blast working through these easy prompts (listen to more details on the podcast episode embedded below):
- Oscar Night Best Picture Award
- Your 30th Birthday Surprise Party
- 1970s Speed Dating
Let’s Hack Learning
Teachers assume students know one another well.
A student icebreaker.
What You Can Do Tomorrow
- Decide on a pretext for randomly sorting students
- Try either the Oscar Night or Birthday Party icebreaker
- Debrief students to find out what they learned about their peers
Teachers and students sometimes get in a rut. Randomly sort your students with a fun icebreaker and shake things up in the process.
A version of this first appeared at JamesAlanSturtevant.com