Double Duty Opening Activities and Icebreakers
Toolkit OverviewDouble Duty Opening Activities and Icebreakers do two things:
1) They connect students to each other and help them feel comfortable and welcome in the class.
2) They connect students to the material they will be learning that day.
The effects of using this type of opener in a class or workshop, is that students will be more engaged right from the beginning of class and feel ready to learn and participate. This Toolkits is based on the ideas of Sharon Bowmen in her book, How to Give it So They Get It.
Steps To Implement
1) Look at your course materials and your daily lesson plans and identify class sessions you would like to enhance with this technique.
2) Use examples from the PowerPoint in the materials section, search the web or brainstorm your own ideas that will both connect the students to each other and to the material. Look for activities that include movement, conversation and subject content. This activity should be active not passive.
3) Give students a chance to share what they know and how they feel about the topic.
4) Start using the technique and see what different it makes in your class.
5) Tell the students why you chose that activity and what you hoped they would get out of it.
6) Evaluate the success of your Double Duty Opening Activities and Ice Breakers and adjust as needed.