December 2, 2013
Icebreaker Activities Ideas for Adult Teachers
Here you are. You’ve completed your Level 3 Award in Education and Training and your first day of teaching is looming. You are prepared and ready to go except for one thing; you want your students to warm to you and each other. It’s a potentially awkward situation. What can you do? Icebreakers.
Get the course off to a good start and the rest will take care of itself. A well-honed approach to breaking the awkwardness of these first few minutes can do wonders to the chances of success.
You should choose your approach with care. Adults aren’t like children or sulky teenagers – a silly game can be disastrous. They are perfect for breaking the ice, but when you are teaching adults you would want to be careful choosing your game. It’s not very easy to coax adults into doing something that they don’t want to do and a silly game will easily be cold-shouldered. So which good icebreakers can you use? Let’s find out.
It’s a good idea to start out by asking them about their expectations for the course. Start with introductions and ask them individually about what they hope to learn by taking this class. You can also challenge their creative thinking by adding additional questions such as what will they do if all their expectations are met at the end of the course.
- Speed Greeting
We all know about speed dating, speed greeting similarly can be fun. Ask everyone in the class to pair up and when you give the signal, they start talking for two minutes about something interesting that the other person has done – it can be something adventurous or silly, as long as it’s interesting. Then when you give the signal (whistle or clap), everyone switches. At the end of the exercise ask each of them about the most interesting thing they heard.
- Instant Story
This is a very simple exercise to know more about your class. You can ask them each to find an object with them that they are carrying and tell the class about why it’s special to them. It can be something as simple as a wallet or a necklace or a hat. It’s a great way to learn about someone else’s life experiences.
- If I could do over…
We have all made decisions sometimes in our lives that we wish we could change. Ask your class for the roads they have travelled in their lives and what would be the one different one they wish they had taken. Then follow it up by asking them how that different path is related to where they are now, sitting in your class.
Use these icebreaker tips to bond with your class and you can be sure to have their attention.
For more information about the Level 3 Award in Education and Training, it is HERE
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