Engage the adults in your classroom on day one by choosing one of these 10 fun introductions for the classroom. When students know who they are sharing the classroom with, they engage more quickly and learn faster.
1. People Bingo
Bingo is one of the most popular ice breakers because it’s so easy to customize for your particular group and situation, and everyone knows how to play it. Buy your bingo cards, or make your own. We've got a forum full of ideas for you: People Bingo in the Continuing Ed. Forum.
This ice breaker is a great introduction when people don’t know each other, and it fosters team building in groups that already work together. I have always found people’s answers to be very revealing about who they are as a person.
You may have heard of 8-minute dating, where 100 people meet for an evening full of 8-minute dates. They talk to one person for 8 minutes and then move on to the next. Eight minutes is a long time in the classroom, so we’ll call this ice breaker a 2-minute mixer. Ready? Go!
Adults bring to your class an abundance of life experience and wisdom. Tapping into their stories can deepen the significance of whatever you've gathered to discuss. Let the power of story enhance your teaching of adults.
Expectations are powerful, especially when you're teaching adults. Understanding your students' expectations of the course you're teaching is key to your success. Find out on day one by combining expectations and introductions.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change? This is an exercise that opens minds, considers possibilities, and energizes your group.
This is a quick and easy introduction game sure to foster lots of laughs. If you need some examples to get your group going, visit the thread in the Continuing Ed. forum.
You may have people in your group who hate this ice breaker so much they’ll still remember everyone’s name two years from now! Ha! You can make it harder by requiring everyone to add an adjective to their name that starts with the same letter (e.g. Cranky Carla, Blue-eyed Bob, Zesty Zelda). You get the gist.
Almost everyone has wished at some point that they had taken a different path in life. Wouldn't it be wonderful if simply stating the desire for a new path could inspire it to action? Can't hurt to try. Find out if your students are in your classroom to find a new direction.
10. Three Words
Which three words best describe you? This is a quick and surprisingly fun way to make introductions. Your students will remember each others' descriptions all year long.