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Hello,

I am doing my teacher training (Post Compulsory Education - Art Teacher), and scrapping the bottom of the barrel for icebreakers! Lo and behold there is a dreamwidth community for teaching!

So what's your favourite icebreaker to teach, and what's your favourite to do?

Thanks!

Date: 2011-01-16 06:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] elven_ranger
I would look at something subject related, in your case art. Maybe a group excersise in something arty?

Date: 2011-01-17 01:43 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] amryfal
on day one, i make my students introduce themselves by answering three questions about the music they listen to - the exact nature of these questions is obliquely related to a point i try to make about language/communication, since i teach composition, but you could use any kind of question that gets them thinking about something you want them to think about :) i have this obnoxious ball (not solid, more like a neon orange balloon with koosh-ball-type "hairs" all over it) that i explain is sort of a Native American talking stick: whoever has it answers, and then they get to pass it. it helps get discussion going later, too, if it's quiet ("should i bring out the loud orange ball?"). passing the ball gets rather energetic and sometimes causes a bit of chaos, but since it's so light/soft, it doesn't break anything or hurt anyone, even when tossed as a random surprise across the classroom. it seems to convince them that i'm a little silly, and that they can be comfortable taking conversational risks with me and with the class.

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