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Small group icebreakers games

Small group icebreakers games
Icebreakers for Small Groups (2 to 5 people) The following icebreakers are useful for small groups and teams of about two to five people. In some cases, larger groups can subdivide and play as well. Just because you don’t have a lot of people doesn’t mean you can’t have a great time. Try them out and let us know which ones you think are the most fun!

The Middle School Counselor: Icebreakers How do you get the conversation started? Sometimes when you are working with groups, you need a little kick start for a conversation. I use some old fashioned icebreaker questions, but have given them a new look. We have used the stones several ways. One way is to just pass around the can and each student takes a stone, reads his or her question, and everyone takes a turn as we go around the table.Another way is to have each student take a stone and put it on the table in front of them.

Warm Ups And Time Fillers There are many reasons why you may need to use warmers and time fillers while working as an ESL teacher: to focus or bring energy to each class in the first ten minutes or soto break the ice with a new class of studentsto fill a small block of time when a lesson runs shorter than you plannedto replace a lesson that students can't grasp or are bored withto have on hand for emergencies such as broken audio-visual equipment or photocopiersto use when you get parachuted in as a last-minute stand-in for another teacher Some teachers use short games and activities on a daily basis, and others use them only when the need arises. Print out some of these warmers, activities, worksheets and even jokes, and place them in a special file or notebook to keep with you at all times. You never know when you might need to pull something fun and new out of your teaching hat!

A Proven Curriculum for Teaching Character Education & Leadership Development in Middle/High School that Supports English (ELA & ELD) Common Core Standards - Character Development & Leadership Top 20 Fillers Fillers | Lateral Thinking Puzzles There are times when you're class is going wrong or a colleague is ill and you've been asked to cover, you have no plan, no materials and a textbook that is boring your students to tears... These fillers require no preparation and no equipment beyond a whiteboard, markers and some paper. We present the ESL Lesson First Aid Kit! 1. This is a great way to reinforce fluency in any subject from a very simple, my name is... 2. 3. (In nearly every class, somebody will fool you by saying 3 true things or 3 false things.) 4. If you don't know the rules of Charades, check this Website. 5. Give students a phrase to whisper around the class and see it change as it goes around. To make the game more competitive for larger classes you can get 2 or 3 teams and see which version comes out the best. 6. All I was left with was a red umbrella Green balloons are the secret to happiness I’d tell my friends, but I doubt even they’d believe me! 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

Developing Curriculum Leadership and Design by Nancy J. Mooney and Ann T. Mausbach The status quo was maintained in this district because the curriculum team didn't have any discussions on the best instructional practices. Ann had assumed that the team members already had a solid foundation on these practices, so they jumped right into writing the curriculum. Essential Question How do you align curriculum and instruction through the curriculum development process? When we hear the phrase "the good old days," it is usually uttered with a sense of longing and a fondness for a return to the way things used to be. Aligning Curriculum and Instruction A few years ago there was a story about several new homes that were literally sliding down the slope where they had been built. Too many times we have entered classrooms and observed teachers using research-based strategies on insignificant content. Conversely, having high academic standards isn't enough if they are not implemented through powerful instructional methods. Learn, Then Do. Do

It’s time to move: Energy breaks for the language classroom (by Marc Helgesen) Human beings are not designed to sit still all day. Thousands of years ago, on the plains of the Serengeti in Africa, people walked 10-20 kilometers every day (Medina, 2014). It has only been in the past century or two that people moved to cities. Later we started going everywhere in cars and trains. As teachers, we often stand and move around. And it pays off in the classroom. Something people might find surprising, brain science shows that exercise correlates with increased scores on seeming unrelated subjects like math and science (Ratey and Hagerman, 2010). For some time, I’ve been experimenting with “energy breaks” – short bits of physical activity in my classes. One simple example is “5 right here, right now.” I’ve made seven short PowerPoint presentations. The PowerPoint’s are on my website. While you are there, you might want to check on some of the other handouts on various topics. I hope you and your students are moved. For additional reading on this topic:

Common Core Standards & Physical Education (PE) As a research-based, public health organization, SPARK is committed to the holistic development of all students. The Common Core State Standards provide an important framework that highlights the educational value and depth of SPARK programs and educational materials. The following documents provides an overview of how the SPARK Physical Education (PE) programs Grades K-12 align with Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy in Health and PE. Alignment Documents: Elementary Physical Education Secondary Physical Education Other Resources: Click Here to read Part 1 of the SPARK Common Core Survival Guide New! Click Here to read Part 2 of the SPARK Common Core Survival Guide New! Click Here to learn about the new SPARK Common Core workshop New! Click Here to register for the free SPARK webinar "Common Core and YOU: Making Connections" on May 21, 2014 at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern). Click Here to read the SPARK blog article "How Common Core Can Be Implemented in P.E."

Physical Education (PE) Apps for Teachers Today, more and more teachers are looking for ways to integrate their smart phones and iPads (and other tablets) with their physical education and health courses. Below is a list of apps that we’ve found helpful for Physical Educators. Click Here to view a recording of our webinar, Apps for PE Teachers: “Don’t be a Sap, Know Your Apps!”. The webinar goes into more detail of how each app can be used in the classroom to engage students and maximize outcomes. Coach’s Eye Videos students performing a skill. Team Shake Team Shake is the technological and environmentally friendly way to choose teams. StopWatch This stopwatch shows time on a digital display as well as on an analog clock face. Giant Scoreboard A generic scoreboard, featuring: Timer/Countdown (editable); Team names (editable); Giant digits, visible from 50ft; Fits any sport; Simple, accurate and reliable. Nutrition Tips Pocket First Aid & CPR from the American Heart Association iFitness HD An exercise companion app. Pocket Body Numbers

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