August 09, 2006
I use two different ideas to start off the year. One is to have the students look around the room until they make eye contact with someone they barely know. Each pair sit together and talk for a timed two minutes. When the time is up, the students introduce their partners to the class. We all learn about each other and I learn about each student's memory and ability to share with the group. The second idea I use is to have each student pull a strip from a roll of toilet paper. They count the squares and have to tell the class one thing about themselves for each square they have. The toilet paper creates giggles which makes the students relaxed when it's their turn to speak.