Icebreakers provide an opportunity for students to warm up to a new environment and relationships. They can also help educators get to know a new class and build confidence before proceeding with lesson content.
Giving students an opportunity to interact early in the semester, using activities that have low social risk, encourages them to be more active participants in class.
A good activity will encourage participation, bonding, motivation, and allow students to relax into the new class setting.
Icebreakers can be used at regular intervals throughout the year to increase engagement and participation. They also make good activities after a challenging period, such as around exams and testing, to reset the mood for learning.
The time taken on each activity can be adjusted by changing the types of questions or follow up approach to sharing responses.
Word clouds provide a quick, shareable way to review responses and offer a fast approach to engaging students.