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First Day of Class Activities-Icebreakers

Honolulu Community College -Teaching Tips "The First Day". This website offers a collection of articles with ideas to get your classes off to a great start. http://www.hcc.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/teachtip.htm#firstday

Teacher Talk 3(1): Great Ideas - "Icebreakers" Volume 3, Number 1 1995 Indiana University - The Center for Adolescent Studies.
http://education.indiana.edu/cas/tt/v3i1/icebreak.html

Education World ® : First-Day-of-School Icebreakers Help Students and Teachers Warm Up! http:/www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson131.shtml

Education World ® : Lesson Planning: Icebreakers 2000: One of Education World's most popular features returns this year with 19 new getting-to-know-you icebreakers for the first days of school! http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson196.shtml

Kim's Korner Icebreakers Some of them will guarantee a good laugh! http://www.kimskorner4teachertalk.com/classmanagement/icebreakers.html

Educational Icebreakers to facilitate introductions and warm-ups to introduce the topic of a meeting or training.
http://adulted.about.com/cs/icebreakers/

Ice Breakers and Warm-ups. Things to get 'em talking! "Do you know me?". Each person is given a nametag and an index card.
www.ideazone.com/IceBreakers_&_Warmups.html

Great icebreakers, first day activities that teachers can use allowing students to get know each other.
http://7-12educators.about.com/library/weekly/aa081000b.htm

These are just a few of the hundreds of icebreakers. http://ss.uno.edu/SS/TeachDevel/FirstDay/icebreak.html

Meeting Wizard-Icebreakers are a great way to begin a meeting. They help to relax participants, and that makes them more receptive to listening and contributing. http://www.meetingwizard.org/meetings/icebreakers.cfm?re=2

The first day of class is usually spent in part by getting acquainted and establishing goals. Ice breakers are techniques used at the first session to reduce tension and anxiety, and also to immediately involve the class in the course. http://www.hcc.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/breakice.htm

It's the first day of a new semester. In addition to the enthusiasm and optimism inherent in a new beginnings, we as teachers also must confront a humbling task: how to learn the names and faces of the 20 to 40 unfamiliar students expectantly sitting before us. It has seven steps. http://www.hcc.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/remnames.htm

Remember students’ names at the first class meeting by card trick. http://www.hcc.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/magic.htm

Make learning names a game. http://www.hcc.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/namegame.htm

Make learning names a game. http://www.hcc.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/namegame.htm

The first day of class is a very important time for faculty to establish a tone for what will happen the rest of the term. It is appropriate that a teacher reflect on just what climate and first impression she/he would like to establish. This article offers some ideas about that all important day. http://www.hcc.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/dayone.htm

What can we do on the first day of class? What should we do? One common answer is simply to start lecturing: "This is day one, here is lecture one, away we go." Another possibility is: "Here is the syllabus, go buy your books and we will see you at the next scheduled class period." Neither of these two options seems desirable. But what are some other possibilities?http://www.hcc.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/firstday.htm

What do you need to do in the first day of class? http://teaching.berkeley.edu/bgd/firstday.html

Meeting a class for the first time often produces a certain amount of anxiety in new, and even experienced, college teachers. Because the first day of class is so important in setting the tone for what is to come, it is crucial to think carefully about how you present yourself and how you get the course established. http://ftad.osu.edu/Publications/firstday.html

Your first face-to-face contact with students is critical to the success of the rest of the course. Initial impressions can be changed only with difficulty, so you need to pay careful attention to your objectives for the first day of class. In general terms, you need to accomplish three objectives. http://ctl.unc.edu/hpl7.html

What better time than the beginning of the semester to consider the importance of welcoming students in your classroom? Of course, this is not to advocate some kind of big group hug. Rather, good teachers use the normal patterns of social interactions to draw students into academic work. http://web.indstate.edu/ctl/tips/tip1_1.html

They do not expect faculty to pretend to be buddies but they do work harder for someone who acknowledges that they are people. Depersonalized classrooms can alienate students from the learning experience. We can send you a short summary of Roger Ailes' communication studies on "first impressions" and how we influence our students on the first day. http://web.indstate.edu/ctl/tips/tip2_1.html

Things to Do Before Class Begins: A Check-list http://www.crlt.umich.edu/crlttext/lab_guidebooktext.html#labchecklistv

Meeting a class for the first time often produces a certain amount of anxiety in new, and even experienced, college teachers. Because the first day of class is so important in setting the tone for what is to come, it is crucial to think carefully about how you present yourself and how you get the course established. http://www.osu.edu/education/ftad/Publications/firstday.html

Although learning student names may seem a trivial matter in the entire university enterprise, it is a powerful means to foster both of these interactions. http://www.iub.edu/~teaching/names.shtml

The 1st day of class is probably the most important day of the whole course. What you decide to do on that day affects student expectations for the rest of the semester. Here are some suggestions developed by a faculty group at OU for what to do on the 1st day of class. http://www.ou.edu/idp/tips/ideas/design4.html

I do collect those. It breaks the ice, begins writing, and starts description and revision. http://www.oncourseworkshop.com/Getting On Course002.htm

Here is one way I use to get a course off to a great start, to build community, and get students focused on being successful. I have the class break into small groups, giving each group a list of 7 or 8 timeless wisdom quotations that I got at the On Course Workshop. I asked each group to choose from its list one quotation that would make a good "motto" for the class.
http://www.oncourseworkshop.com/Getting On Course003.htm

This introduction to Broadcast Writing serves on many levels.  First the students must immediately think about their future. Next they begin writing in Broadcast Style.  Finally, they learn a little bit about each other and how to pronounce their names.  As an instructor, I can immediately identify the students’ goals and dreams (large and small). This also helps me to gently address the misconceptions many students have about the industry and their immediate expectations for fame and fortune upon graduation. http://www.oncourseworkshop.com/Getting On Course004.htm

The first day of a course may not determine how well the rest of the course works, but it goes a long way. A good start can carry the instructor through several weeks of early shakiness, and a bad one can take several weeks of damage control to overcome. Instructors have come up with many ways to get courses started - some effective, others less so. A relatively ineffective way is to stride into class, announce your name, the course, and the course text, and start to write differential equations on the board. Following is an alternative approach with somewhat better prospects. http://www2.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/Columns/Getstart.html

One biochemistry teacher frequently gives a diagnostic test covering knowledge and skills prerequisite to the course. The test, which is given in the first week, is not graded. "Its sole purpose is to help me identify those students who need extra help so I can begin working with them early in the course. The results are shared with the individual students."
http://teaching.berkeley.edu/compendium/suggestions/file117.html

The first student gets off easy, since she has only to introduce herself. The second person has to give his own name and the name of the student before him, and so on. "I put myself in last position," he explains, "and by that time I try to name all the students in the room. I find that it is not only an effective way to learn their names, but the game-like quality of it breaks the ice and helps to create a sense of community." http://teaching.berkeley.edu/compendium/suggestions/file134.htmls

Giving a non-graded assignment during the first week of class. "I enjoy reading their papers," he says. "It's a way for me to get to know the students and to look at their writing skills. I can identify students who have weak composition skills and refer them right away to appropriate campus resources." http://teaching.berkeley.edu/compendium/suggestions/file159.html

Ten Unspoken Questions from New College Students During the First Days of Class http://www.uiowa.edu/~centeach/resources/ideas/greatbegin.html