Ice-breakers and other ideas for first-day of classes

It is great to have ice-breakers on the first day of class – I like this game of Human Bingo where everyone goes around the class looking for people who fit the boxes on their card. Once one or two people complete a line the game stops – but then it is fun to go through the items on a card and ask students to stand up if they match that criterion.  It’s a good way for students to get to know each other.

Also consider a syllabus scavenger hunt – a college or library scavenger hunt where students work together in small groups or a myth-busting demo!

Here are some other sources you might find useful:
http://topix.teachpsych.org/w/page/55139707/First%20Day%20Activities

Lots of ice breaking ideas here:
http://teachpsych.org/resources/Documents/otrp/resources/eggleston04.pdf

This site makes specific suggestions for a first-day lesson plan
https://www.cmu.edu/teaching/designteach/teach/firstday.html

 

 

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