Draw your selfie

Contributor: Chrissi Nerantzi @chrissinerantzi

Idea: A way to get to know others a bit better in a playful way. Only takes a few minutes. Ask everybody in a group to draw themselves on a piece of paper, on their hand, on the ground if you are outdoors and include what they are hoping to get from a particular experience, task etc. You can extend this by swapping selfies randomly and trying to find out who is who. Would this work in your context?

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10 Questions 

Contributor: Sandra Sinfield @Danceswithcloud

Idea: When first meeting a class – rather than outlining the what, why and how of the course – get students into groups: first in their small groups – and then via negotiation between groups – they have to come up with TEN key questions to ask you. This gets students speaking with each other straight away – helps them set the agenda for their learning – and illustrates that learning is active not passive – and dialogic not presentational.

Practitioner comments: When we did this the students came up with amazing questions – they remembered the answers (!) – and in a blog after we saw written: I didn’t know there were so many questions!

Credits: I first did this with Tom Burns at LondonMet

Tubs of different coloured Play Dough

Contributor: Stewart Hase @stewarthase

Idea: At the start of a new course, students make something that says something about them with Play Dough using as many colours as they like. Ask them while making it to think of what they want to achieve and expectations in this course. Items are on a table and people talk to them and also about what they want to achieve and expectations. You also state your expectations. These become learning contracts. The creative act of making something with the Play Dough activates the creative centres, motivates and enables creative ideas, openness and engagement.

Practitioner comments: I use it a lot in all sorts of education settings to get things going and talk about expectations in a safe environment. Expectations are the key to getting things done.

Link: www.stewarthase.com.au

Idea: Who am I?

Contributor: Chrissi Nerantzi @chrissinerantzi

Idea: Who am I? Create a T-shirt, top or a whole outfit that reveals a little bit about who you are, what you stand for and what your name is. Make your first impression memorable and encourage your students/colleagues to do the same.

Give it a go and be amazed of the impact this could have on your relationship. This idea could work especially well when you first meet a new group.

Could you ask your students to do the same?