Really cool "Get to know you" exercises

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  1. firemaple

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    I'm a new English teacher starting next week. I just wanted to pick everyone's brain to see what ideas there are out there.

    The class contains students from 9-12 grades (Dept. of Juv. Justice).

    I plan on introducing myself and then having the students introduce themselves. Then I thought about pairing them and having them interview each other and then stand up and introduce the person they interviewed.

    Finally, I thought I might give a writing assignment with a "introductory" type question. Such as, "If you could be an animal, what would it be and why" ?

    These are just preliminary ideas. I'm open to suggestions. :)
     
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  3. silverspoon65

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    If you PM me with your email, I can send you a whole packet that I did for a workshop awhile ago.
     
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    i would love the packet as well

    i always took attendance each day by asking the question of the day. i only wanted a simple answer (so no "Why? portion...but sometimes used them later in journal/essays) to get kids used to talking. I would start with "Whats your favorite color?" and then a new one each day.
    (ie: What type of movie do you like? Dislike?....i also had theme weeks for holidays...Who would you want to be your Valentine? all sorts of good stuff...but trust me...toward the end of the year...the questions were silly...)

    I did have the kids keep the list of QoDay's too. That way they could exchange ideas when i wanted them to introduce each other to class etc.
     
  5. firemaple

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    I received the packed from SilverSpoon and it's awesome. I hope Silverspoon doesn't me bragging on her, but the packet she developed has some great stuff. I love the toilet paper idea and will be using it on my first day in the class on Monday.

    Since I know some of you will wonder what the toilet paper idea is: Pass a roll of toilet paper out and tell the class to take as much or as little as they want and then after everyone has some toilet paper, tell them they must give one fact for every square they grabbed.

    Thanks Silverspoon. I'll let you know how it goes over with the class.

    Jim
     
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    the thing i love about the toilet paper activity is that students you can tell a lot about the kids by what they take. The kid that takes so much that its wrapped around his arm just to be silly is your class clown. The one who takes one scare is your wise*** who is trying to beat the system (and I mean that in an affectionate way, those are my favorite students...). See who looks at their friends and takes the same amount as them. Its interesting.
     
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    I play the stand up game. I will call out a fact, and if it applies to them, they stand up. Examples- if you have a brother, if you have a cat, if you have braces, if you hate broccoli, if you have ever thrown up at school...etc. As you see, once they are "warmed up" I get really crazy with the questions. What happens is that you can then stop and have them tell the story behind it. Example- if you've ever broken a bone, then have them tell what bone and how
     
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    how do i email you i would love this packet thank sooo much
     
  9. jsfowler

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    I start out the year with a "Getting to Know You" letter. They write a letter to me sharing things they want me to know about them. It is a window into their world AND I get a writing sample right off the bat to assess where I need to begin!
     
  10. Weazy

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    We just had this discussion, see the: First Day Icebreaker Thread It is in the same forum as this one, Secondary. There are some good ideas there, too.
     
  11. LMath85

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    I had to do this in college - the first day of orientation! Ha! I think its a great idea! Good Luck!!!!
     
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    I am doing the stand up game in fourth grade this year. It really is applicable for any age. What is contained within the packet?
     
  13. msmath

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    I would love the packet!! Thanks!
     
  14. SwedishLatino

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    A package?

    Oh, please, e-mail me one: serge74@hotmail.com!

    by the way I live in Stockholm, and I teach English to kids in the ages of 12-15 and there´re coming back from the summer break next Thursday, 20th August, and we aim towards breaking the ice and get them ti think about different values and moral issues.

    have a nice day everybody!
     
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    Please send me the packet as well! Last year, I played two truths and a lie. This year, I was thinking of "person bingo", but I'd love some new ideas!
     
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    I just pmed you asking for the packet as well! Even though this is my 10th (eek!) year already, I'm always looking for new ideas!
     
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    Please email me this packet as well. I would like to do something new. I will PM with my email. Thanks!
     
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    A variation of that game is a game called A Warm Wind Blows (I think). The chairs are arranged in a circle (although other arrangements will work too) with one chair too few, like in musical chairs. You start by saying a warm wind blows... And then your get to know you question e.g. A warm wind blows for people who are wearing tennis shoes. Everyone wearing tennis shoes has to get up and find a new seat. The person still standing asks the next question. You can have a list of questions printed up, or they can come up with their own. It's always more fun when the teacher plays too!
     
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    I played a game in college that I thought was great. The teacher started with "my name is Stephanie & I like summer" The next person then says "My name is lisa & I like Lions. And that's Stephanie Summer" Then the next person goes, each person says there name and one object starting with the same first letter of their first name. Each person has to say everyone before them. The important part is the teacher must start! When everyone has gone you either remember their names or objects. Its a great way for the students to get to know each others names as well as you.
     
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    I came on here today looking for this too, I'd love the packet too Silverspoon
    thanks!
     
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    I assign a project called "Sophomore (or freshman, junior, senior, etc.) Legacies." I stole the idea from the yearbook where senior's write about their favorite memories, quotes, etc.

    I require it to be typed and to include information like: favorite movie, book, vacation, etc.

    And since I do A LOT of public speaking exercises in my class, I make them read it aloud to the class and the rest of the class has to peer edit.

    My student's love the project---just not the public speaking, but that's OK with me.
     
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    Soccer Dad, I like that idea. Kind of on that same yearbook line, I used to make my journalism kids pick one question that they wanted to ask their classmates. Everyone had to have a different question, and they had to contain choices (at least 4 no more than 10). Then they surveyed the class and made a nifty infographic of the information. We displayed them around the room as a "get to know you."

    I had my English class do an adaption of this (with a little more guidance on choosing a survey question, even giving them a list of possible questions), and then they wrote a profile of the typical "X High" student. It's a great way to introduce characterization, too.
     
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    I'd love the package as well, silverspoon. It sounds fantastic.
     
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    We had a new teacher orientation today, with Dr. Harry Wong and Rosemary Wong (First Days of School authors) as the speakers.

    I had to chuckle because I was reading some of his articles on the internet and came across this one about the toilet paper activity:

    This example is so incredulous that you may think it’s fiction. It’s not. It is a true situation.

    Elise, a new teacher on her first day of school, brought in a roll of toilet paper. Everyone took as much as they wanted without knowing what the assignment was. She kept it a "juicy little secret!" Then, they had to tell one thing about themselves for each sheet of paper. What a disaster!

    1. Students started giving "inappropriate" information about themselves.
    2. The self proclaimed "class clown" that took almost 25 sheets had to
    make up 25 silly things to say!
    3. The terribly shy student had to suffer through making up 5 things.

    What a mistaken use of valuable class time. The classroom collapsed. Needless to say, she was miserable and left teaching after two days and is a telemarketer today.
     

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