Icebreakers provide mini-games for large and small individual groups, encouraging groups to communicate. In addition, icebreakers provide an essential team building activity at staff development meetings. Administrators may use icebreakers to help relax teachers, focus the meeting or provoke discussion of program or staff issues.
Six Degrees of Separation
Six Degrees of Separation is a game aimed at discovering what teachers have in common. Educators can use the game to find common teaching practices they incorporate into their lesson plan, outlining the type of teaching styles, objectives and goals they use in a classroom. Administrators can use this game to provide teachers with the best teaching practices to implement for a particular lesson. Materials needed are a pen and paper for each teacher.
In Tattoo, each staff member is competing for Tattoo of the Year award. Each teacher must create a tattoo that reveals something about a school policy, student issues encountered or advice in helping a student or teacher. Provide teachers with paper and makers to draw their tattoos. Tattoo provides a team-building activity for new and veteran teachers encountering difficulty with students, parents or classroom situations.
Candy Confessions requires a basket of candy, with each candy representing a particular code word. Assign each chocolate bar a topic, such as ideas for school spirit, difficulties encountered with particular polices or suggestions for improving programs. When a teacher draws a candy, he must discuss the topic, allowing for others to make suggestions as well.
The Magic Lamp
Divide teachers evenly into groups, supplying each group with paper and markers. Allow each group the ability to make three wishes about changes they would like to see within the school. However, these changes must be feasible, allowing administrators the ability to provoke change. Wishes may include a change in student policies, an improvement of certain programs or a modification in parent/teacher agreements.
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