Icebreaker Questions

A great way to help people open up is to ask them fun questions that allow them to express their personality or interesting things about them. Here is a list of twenty safe, useful icebreaker questions to help break the ice: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get? If you were an animal, what would you be and why? What is one goal you¶d like to accomplish during your lifetime? When you were little, who was your favorite super hero and why? Who is your hero? (a parent, a celebrity, an influential person in one¶s life) What¶s your favorite thing to do in the summer? If they made a movie of your life, what would it be about and which actor would you want to play you? 8. If you were an ice cream flavor, which one would you be and why? 9. What¶s your favorite cartoon character, and why? 10. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go and why 11. What¶s the ideal dream job for you? 12. Are you a morning or night person? 13. What are your favorite hobbies? 14. What are your pet peeves or interesting things about you that you dislike? 15. What¶s the weirdest thing you¶ve ever eaten? 16. Name one of your favorite things about someone in your family. 17. Tell us about a unique or quirky habit of yours. 18. If you had to describe yourself using three words, it would be« 19. If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction? 20. If I could be anybody besides myself, I would be«

BREAK THE ICE The first day of class is usually spent in part by getting acquainted and establishing goals. Icebreakers are techniques used at the first session to reduce tension and anxiety, and also to immediately involve the class in the course. Use an icebreaker because you want to, not as a time filler or because teaching guides say one should be used. Listed below are several examples of icebreakers. * INTRODUCE MYSELF. Participants introduce themselves and tell why they are there. Variations: Participants tell where they first heard about the class, how they became interested in the subject, their occupations, home town, favorite television program, or the best book they have read in the last year. * INTRODUCE ANOTHER. Divide the class into pairs. Each person talks about him/herself to the other, sometimes with specific instructions to share a certain piece of information. For example, "The one thing I am particularly proud of is..." After five minutes, the participants introduce the other person to the rest of the class. * CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS. Have students write down one or two adjectives describing themselves. Put these on a stick-on badge. Have class members find someone with similar or opposite adjectives and talk for five minutes with the other person. * I'VE DONE SOMETHING YOU HAVEN'T DONE. Have each person introduce themselves and then state something they have done that they think no one else in the class has done. If someone else has also done it, the student must state

Variation: Use famous place instead of famous person. Each person writes on a blank index card one to three statements. Regards. List them on the blackboard in a second column and note the parallels. People write a famous name on a piece of paper and pin it on someone else's back. * FAMOUS PERSON.something else until he/she finds something that no one else has done.). Briefly comment on your feelings and then discuss the joint student/teacher responsibilities for learning in the course. interest. Anant Doshi . Person tries to guess what name is pinned on his/her by asking others around the room yes or no questions. People introduce themselves and tell what they know about why they have their name (their mother wanted to name me after her great aunt Helen who once climbed Pike's Peak in high heels. middle or nickname. * MY NAME. Then ask them to write down what they think you as the teacher are feeling this first day of class. * HOW DO YOU FEEL? Ask the students to write down words or phrases that describe their feelings on the first day of class. List the responses on the blackboard. etc. Have that person find the person with their card and introduce themselves. hobby. * FIND SOMEONE. It could be the first. Pass out cards so everyone gets someone else's card. such as favorite color. or vacations.

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