School will be starting soon, though it seems like it ended just a week or two ago!
Community building will be on the minds of many teachers. Having fun prompts ready to students can respond to can come in handy. Most of the ones on these lists are fairly light, though still can do the job of beginning to make connections.
More substantial and serious questions have a place in the classroom, too, though I think those might be more appropriate for Restorative/Community Circles (see The Best Resources For Learning About Restorative Practices – Help Me Find More).
Here are links to some lists for prompts we can use to help students get to know each other in our classes (I’m adding the link to this post to Answers To “What Do You Do On The First Day Of School?” and to The Best Resources For Planning The First Day Of School:
Here’s a good list of prompts designed for Community/Restorative Circles, but can be used anytime.
Back to School: 3 Question Activities to Connect Students is from Edutopia.
50 Icebreaker questions for kids is from Prodigy.
Fun icebreaker questions to bond with your students is from Poll Everywhere.
66 Unexpected Getting-to-Know-You Questions for Students is from Your Dictionary.
105 Icebreaker Questions for Teens is from Lindsay Ann Learning.
Thanks for your patience, all!
Here are the ?s I used: https://t.co/t73qNBhWMp
No matter what ?s you end up with, pls see thread immediately above this one.
And TY to all who suggested numbering the blocks & corresponding list of questions for Ss for greatest flexibility. 🙂
— Tricia Ebarvia (@triciaebarvia) July 30, 2019
These are very good introduction questions for students https://t.co/Qv0pVL8PpD
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) August 9, 2021
Here’s a list of video icebreakers from Tolentino Teaching.
— Tony Vincent (@tonyvincent) August 15, 2022
The Smithsonian has a nice collection of “icebreaker” prompts.
— 🌍 Michelle Shory 💻 (@michelleshory) August 23, 2022
Are Attendance Questions the Best Unkept Secret in Secondary Teaching? is from Jessica Kirkland.
Hope this might be helpful https://t.co/XC9IKoLdHo
— Tricia Friedman (@tricia_fried) August 25, 2022
I signed up for this free daily email with ideas: https://t.co/z4t3bcNk16 One week in and so far there have been some great questions and other activities. I pick and choose.
— Karen McKenna (@mrskarenmckenna) August 26, 2022
— Wyatt Franz (@mrfranzworld) August 25, 2022
If you’re teaching remotely, you’ll find Virtual icebreakers: 42 fresh activities from top facilitators useful.