What I like about all of them is that they get students talking, but require very little social risk.

Each activity supplies students with real topics to talk about, topics that , without forcing anyone to reveal anything too personal.

Whatever the situation, our list has some fun ways for people to get to know one another.

We’re coming up fast on the beginning of another school year.

That means a new batch of students to get to know, students who need to be made comfortable in your classroom, and who need to get to know each other. I planned to create a nice big post with dozens of icebreaker ideas you could choose from.

For example, some companies might expect their workers to keep their heads down, work hard, and tackle their responsibilities without really investing in any extracurricular team-building activities.

In such situations, not only can it be difficult for veteran employees to get to know their colleagues who work in other departments, it can be quite hard for new hires to transition into a company smoothly. As our previous research points out, coworkers are the number one thing employees like about their jobs.

Instead, I’m going to share my three favorites with you.

In my own classrooms, with middle school, high school, and college students, I have played all three of these games with great success.

Get them to share the experience with the other members of the group and the group to come up with some of the elements of success.

Collect these “Elements of Success” on the flip chart. If people in the room know each other well, then they should find out something about that person they didn’t know before.

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