Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Icebreaker Lesson

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Icebreaker Lesson

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These are a few of my favourite things...

When making a fresh start with a new class, the room can quickly fill with anticipation and nervousness - for the children and the teacher. But with the right icebreaking activity, your first lesson can be a great way to introduce your students to your way of working and to get a good understanding of their current abilities.

I always plan a non-threatening lesson that children will enjoy and that will allow their personalities to shine through. I start by turning off the lights, lighting candles and playing some calming music. Then I place a selection of items that are precious to me on the carpet: ski goggles, a spoon and a DVD.

As the children come in, I ask them to sit in a circle on the carpet around the pile of mysterious objects.

The classroom hums with the children's murmurings as they whisper to their friends about what they can see in front of them. I tell the pupils that I have brought these objects in from home and ask what my choices tell them about me. …

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