Teaching in a professional setting can be difficult. You want your students to have a good time and start talking, but you also want to keep it professional and comfortable for your shyer students. Here are 5 tried and true ice breakers that totally fit the bill!
1) Pick a Coin-
Get a handful of coins, spread them out on the table, and have students randomly pick one. They must talk about something that happened to them or what their life was like that year. Be sure all the coins have different years.
2) Fun Questions– This is a list of fun questions that don’t delve too much into private information and can be a fun starting point for conversation. If you are teaching an English class, this is a great way for students to try out all different sorts of vocabulary.
If you could choose your age forever what age would you choose and why?
If you were stranded on a desert island what three items would you want to have?
What is your favorite object that you already own?
If you could live anywhere in the world with unlimited money where would you live?
3) 2 Truths and a Lie– this is a universally known, tried and true ice breaker that is fun but can still stay professional. Have each person make three statements about themselves. Two must be true and one must be a lie. The other group members must guess which is true or a lie.
4) Ten Things in Common– The group has to find 10 things that they all have in common. This one is surprisingly fun and lets your group members learn a lot about each other. This also great if this is an English class as they have to go through lots of vocabulary. Warning: This icebreaker can take a long time. Be sure you have a few suggestions that most of your students will have in common i.e. liking ice cream, liking vacations, etc.
5) Back to back – have your group form teams of two. Have them sit back to back. Give one group member a simple line drawing and give the other partner a blank sheet of paper and pencil. The partner with the drawing must describe the image to the other partner WITHOUT telling what the actual object is.
For example “Draw an oval with pointy ends. Draw a black stripe at the top and one at the bottom” and so on and so on.
You will be surprised at the results. This exercise is great for communication practice and is also a lot of fun!