Posts Tagged ‘icebreakers’

Setting the Tone, Building Community, and Initiating Reflective Discussions: Pair Share Ideas

August is a month of new beginnings for educators and group facilitators. These last weeks of summer are filled with back to school meetings, training, student community building, and fall program kick-off events. Many educators ask me for ideas for making the most of this time of year, so I am pulling together some of my favorite past blog posts and excerpts from my books with back to school, community building, ice-breaking, meeting facilitation, and context setting activities.

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Another Active Reflection and Dialogue Activity to Get Participants Moving, Talking, Reflecting and Keep Them Engaged

Over the last couple of years I’ve posted about a number of twists on activities traditionally used as icebreakers that I re-purpose as active, social approaches to reflection, processing or academic review (see August 4th and May 7th posts). These active dialogue activities not only help group members connect and build rapport early on in a program, they are also a great way to facilitate reflection and exploration of academic or training content at any point. Strategies such as these build comfort with reflective practice by allowing group members to share with one person at a time before being asked to share with the entire group. These partner sharing and small group reflection approaches are a great alternative to didactic question and answer sessions, as everyone is involved in reflecting, talking and sharing rather than just the “hand raisers”…

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