Ice Breaker (Student Names) Shared by Jacque Wilson-Jordan This activity takes a full 50-minute period, but to me it’s worth it. The classroom geography is decentralized, a welcome change from me standing up and reading the syllabus on day one. The students greet each other and learn about each other. I learn about them; theyContinue reading “Ice Breaker — Student Names”
Ice Breaker (Poetry) Shared by Gael Grossman This ice breaker activity uses poetry to get students to work together early in the semester and offers an opportunity to discuss limerick and haiku.
Writing Ice Breaker Shared by Chuck Guilford With inspiration from/credit to Ken Macrorie, Peter Elbow, and many others This is an opening day activity that works both as an ice breaker and an introduction to some practices that will be used throughout the term.
Student Information Sheet Shared by Stephanie Kratz With credit to On Course Workshops This is an information sheet aimed at building rapport and showing instructor interest in students.
Ice Breaker Shared by Karen Henderson This is an icebreaker that consistently works well with my demographic, which is very nontraditional.
Smartest Student and Instructor Shared by Isabel Quintana Wulf With inspiration from/credit to Transforming Teaching Through Learning Seminar, Lansing Community College, MI This activity is a course-starter activity designed to come up with a Student/ Instructor contract setting basic expectations for classroom behavior, preparedness, and interactions for the semester ahead. First, show the instructions toContinue reading “The Smartest Students and Instructors in the Class”
Goals and Questions Shared by Susan Naomi Bernstein With inspiration from/credit to an activity presented at a universal design pedagogy workshop at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont After perusing the course syllabus and preliminary discussion of the course goals and assignments, draw on this activity to engage communication and understanding between students and professor.