How Can I Use Icebreakers to Connect with Students?
You know teaching and learning are more effective when students are motivated. One of the keys to motivating students is finding out what makes them tick, and the sooner you can do that, the better. Learn how you can use class openings to forge connections with college students through introductory surveys, icebreakers, and more.
Motivating college students with ice-breaking activities
You know teaching and learning are more effective when students are motivated.
One of the keys to motivating students is finding out what makes them tick, and the sooner you can do that, the better.
In How Can I Use Icebreakers to Connect with Students? you’ll learn how you can use class openings to forge connections with college students through introductory surveys, icebreakers, and more.
Using examples from the literature and her extensive higher education experience, presenter Alice Cassidy, Ph.D., shares student engagement techniques you can start using immediately to learn about your students’ background, whether you’re teaching a small group or large lecture.
You’ll think, write and reflect during this session, and come away with practices you can adapt for your classroom.
Review such practices as:
- Using introductory surveys to get to know students before your first class
- Employing multiple approaches to help students establish personal links with course goals
- Making connections with icebreakers like “two truths & a wish,” or “human bingo”
- Encouraging self-assessment through “background information probes”
- Tracking changes in students’ thinking through “personal philosophy Statements”
- Inviting students to control some aspects of the course
Learn how to:
- Select practical, helpful and suitable ways to get to know your students
- Determine the best way to use this information
- Delve into additional resources discovered in the seminar.
Putting your new knowledge to work will be straightforward, especially with the detailed handouts Cassidy provides.
In How Can I Use Icebreakers to Connect with Students? you will see that learning about your students’ backgrounds and goals need not take much class time, but can add a great deal to teaching and learning.
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Alice Cassidy is principal of Alice Cassidy In View Education and Professional Development. She has a B.Sc. (honours) from the University of Victoria, an M.Sc. from McGill University and a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia (UBC). She coordinates first year courses in the Faculties of Science and Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She coordinates the Canada-wide 3M National Teaching Fellowships for undergraduate students. She has held leadership roles at UBC’s campus-wide teaching support centre and its associated scholarship of teaching and learning.
Since the mid-1980s, she has designed, directed, facilitated and/or taught a wide variety of educational programs, including the award-winning Shad Valley Program for high-school students; university courses in biology and education for undergraduate and graduate students; science education and natural history field classes; teaching and learning seminars for instructors at post-secondary institutions in BC, Ontario and China, and customized workshops, both face to face and online for educators.
Her areas of focus include active and participatory learning, professional development for organizations, use of self-directed learning, problems and cases in real-world settings, instructional and narrative skills, sustainability education and leadership and students as active collaborators in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
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