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Classroom Icebreaker Activities

Classroom Icebreaker Activities
Check out these articles on everything from preparing for the first day to dealing with homework woes, coping as a new teacher and ensuring smooth sailing for substitute teachers. Be sure to explore our 12 volumes of icebreakers and first day of school activities that help students and teachers get to know each other. Icebreakers Archive | Classroom Icebreaker Activities Best of the IcebreakersVolume 1: Tell Me About You ActivitiesVolume 2: 14 Activities for the First Days of SchoolVolume 3: Engaging Activities for the First Days of SchoolVolume 4: Activities for the First Day of SchoolVolume 5: All-About-You Activities for the First Days of SchoolVolume 6: Get to Know Your Classmates ActivitiesVolume 7: Getting to Know One AnotherVolume 8: Who's in the Classroom? Tools for Teaching: Starting the New School Year On the first day of school, the first question in students' minds is, "Who are you?" Fun Activities Get the School Year Off to a Good Start! Party! Ten Games for Classroom Fun! Related:  Creativity & Service Designsocial

Visual Thinking What is Visual Thinking? Visual thinking is a way to organize your thoughts and improve your ability to think and communicate. It’s a great way to convey complex or potentially confusing information. It’s also about using tools — like pen and paper, index cards and software tools — to externalize your internal thinking processes, making them more clear, explicit and actionable. Why is Visual Thinking important? There’s more information at your fingertips than ever before, and yet people are overwhelmed by it. But can I do this? Drawing is a natural process for thinking, exploring ideas and learning. “I’m no artist” “I can’t draw a straight line” “I can’t draw a stick figure” This is a fallacy. Don’t believe me? Visual Thinking basics In this 20-minute video I share some basics of visual thinking that will get you up and running in about 20 minutes. How to know what to draw Visual thinking reading list.

Ice Breakers (Icebreakers) from GamesRA Contributor2014-09-18T09:47:09+00:00 Whether you need an activity for a staff meeting or a teambuilder for your floor, this section of the site provides you with ideas and instructions to help energize groups and bring people together! Do you have a favorite icebreaker or teambuilder? Please share it today! Ice Blocking Posted by: RA Contributor Category: Ice Breakers, Program Ideas, Reviewed, Social/Community Building, Team Builders Submitted by Name: Michael School: University of Idaho Description: This program is a way for you just to get a bunch of residents together at the beginning of the year… Continue reading » Brainteasers Posted by: RA Contributor Category: Ice Breakers, Passive Programs, Problem Solving Activities, Reviewed Brainteasers I went online and pulled out 15 riddles, some easy, some nearly impossible. Continue reading » Last Minute Date Ideas Posted by: RA Contributor Category: Ice Breakers Continue reading » Purity test Continue reading » Tag Team Chariot Racing

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ice breakers, warmups, energizers, and motivators for groups All groups need ice breakers, warmups and energizers at some time or another. Here are a number that have been successfully used for over thirty years with many different kinds of groups. You can modify most to adapt the characteristics of your group. When groups first meet, there is often some fear about what may happen. This is true even when many know each other or have attended group events before. If your group is new, make building trust a priority for the first few meetings by using one or more of these exercises. Some of these encourage more intimacy than others, coming from the heart (feelings) while others are more for what they think (cognitive). 1. Start by saying you want them to answer four questions: 1. You may need to say that the checkin must be done quickly and you will model how to do it. People need to tell something about themselves that is totally nonthreatening and safe to feel like they belong to a new group. A second introduction method is use of dialoguing. 5.

Teaching Grit Cultivates Resilience and Perseverance (Research Made Relevant Series) Amy: Kenny is a student that participated in my grit program last year. Kenny: This is my evaporator. Amy: He's a perfect example of a ten year old with grit. Kenny: This one's actually kind of-- got some in it. Amy: And he does it all on his own. Kenny: Easy. Amy: He will be able to accomplish anything that he sets his mind to. Angela: Grit is a disposition to pursue very long term goals with passion and perseverance. My goal is to pitch more strikes. To become a better short stop. To lift a slap shot. To get a ninety in math. To hit the bull's eye. To find diamonds in Minecraft. My goal's to draw better dinosaurs. My goal's working on division. Amy: I was introduced to grit through an article called "The Secret to Success is Failure." I want three examples of goals that you could think about for yourself that are years out from now. Student: Making it on the A team for my first year in middle school, for the baseball team. Amy: Okay. Student: Getting into a really good college.

10 Brilliant Social Psychology Studies Ten of the most influential social psychology experiments explain why we sometimes do dumb or irrational things. “I have been primarily interested in how and why ordinary people do unusual things, things that seem alien to their natures.Why do good people sometimes act evil?Why do smart people sometimes do dumb or irrational things?” Like famous social psychologist Professor Philip Zimbardo (author of The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil), I’m also obsessed with why we do dumb or irrational things. The answer quite often is because of other people — something social psychologists have comprehensively shown. Each of the 10 brilliant social psychology experiments below tells a unique, insightful story relevant to all our lives, every day. Click the link in each social psychology experiment to get the full description and explanation of each phenomenon. 1. The halo effect is a finding from a famous social psychology experiment. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

31+ Mobile Learning Tips for Instructional Designers | SweetRush There’s a shift happening in the world of instructional design, and the new kid in town is mobile learning. Well, he’s hardly the new kid anymore—he’s set up shop and customers are pretty excited about what he’s got to offer. Learning anywhere, anytime? Sign us up! As the instructional designer next door, you are in a great position to work with this new guy, but are you ready? Do you have some trepidation about change or learning a new platform? We’re well beyond early adoption and initial buzz, and we’re beginning to see mobile as a fundamental part of blended learning solutions. I’m constantly looking at articles, blog posts, and commentary on learning solutions, and here are four articles I think are worthy of your time. Top 5 Design Considerations for Creating Mobile Learning addresses guidelines as you are getting started. Ten Tips for Designing Mobile Learning Content drills into some specifics of design. Bonus Tip: Mobile Learning Analysis

What Annoying Situations Teach Us About Ourselves “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves.” ~Carl Jung He was shorter than me with a mustache, and he was positioning himself in front of me, but just off to the side of the line. I sneaked a look at his boarding pass and it read B53. I checked in exactly 24 hours before the flight, specifically so I could be in the A group. Not only was he butting, he wasn’t even an A. He smiled at me. I was flying home to Oakland from Denver, and on the ride over something similar had happened. On that flight, it wasn’t clear who was a butter and who wasn’t, so I didn’t say anything. Here was the choice again, and a lousy choice it was, say nothing and feel like a chump, or say something and feel like an uptight agro-jerk. I went for choice B. “Excuse me sir, what number do you have?” I started to waiver and began explaining, “I, ah, just want to see where I should….” The line moved forward. I felt embarrassed. Notice you are triggered.

Questioning Toolkit Essential Questions These are questions which touch our hearts and souls. They are central to our lives. They help to define what it means to be human. Most important thought during our lives will center on such essential questions. What does it mean to be a good friend? If we were to draw a cluster diagram of the Questioning Toolkit, Essential Questions would be at the center of all the other types of questions. All the other questions and questioning skills serve the purpose of "casting light upon" or illuminating Essential Questions. Most Essential Questions are interdisciplinary in nature. Essential Questions probe the deepest issues confronting us . . . complex and baffling matters which elude simple answers: Life - Death - Marriage - Identity - Purpose - Betrayal - Honor - Integrity - Courage - Temptation - Faith - Leadership - Addiction - Invention - Inspiration. Essential Questions are at the heart of the search for Truth. Essential Questions offer the organizing focus for a unit.