STEP 2 – “Take your right index finger and place it in the palm of the person next to you. If you need to reach around or move over, go ahead and do that. Make sure everyone is connected.”STEP 3 – “When I count to three you’ll do two things. Asking around, you hear a lot of great ideas that either sound way too complicated or just aren’t the right fit. Over the years I’ve found out the hard way which words work and which words don’t. This will get about 30% of them and they will laugh. ” (Hard count again)…”Six, seven, eight” (count that fast)…”TWO” (hard count)…”THREE!
Step-by-step, this is an orientation ice-breaker that works every time.
Every semester you’re looking for a new icebreaker for student orientation.
The first thing you’ll do is grab the finger that is in your palm… ” Model high energy, big smiles, a loud count and do it with them. ” It’s important to say that so their expectations match the length of the activity.
” (NOTE: Avoid saying “I WANT you to do two things”. Some people might say, “I don’t care what you WANT me to do.”) “…and the other thing you’ll do is to take your finger out of their palm before they grab it. Give them an extra moment to laugh and talk to their neighbors. STEP 4 – “Set it up again, left hand flat, right index finger in the palm of the person next to you.
Ice breakers are little party games designed to help people get to know and feel comfortable around one another.
Some are silly, others are a little embarrassing, and others are merely informative in a light-hearted way.
The first week of school can be frightening and awkward for students as well as teachers.
Use this time to help break the ice by providing students with a few fun activities to help them get to know their classmates as well as their new teacher and classroom.
Now place your right hand flat and open and place your left index finger into the palm of the person next to you.