What about using an icebreaker, an exercise or activity that provides an opportunity for students and the instructor to get to know one another?
Each “date” lasted for 8 minutes (loosely structured, project managers were supposed to provide 5 minutes of information and allow for 3 minutes of questions from their audience).
After 8 minutes, groups were asked to rotate to the next new initiative.
I made posters to hang up in my classroom for them (and me!
) to reference, but I also wanted to create an activity to get them up and moving about.
Faculty Focus had a recent article, First Day of Class Activities that Create a Climate for Learning (July 19, 2017) that offers some other options.
Learning your students’ names is important to create a positive classroom climate.But giving each project manager 15 minutes of airtime to offer a traditional Power Point-based set of talking points just wouldn’t work.That was a format that would lull even the most enthusiastic participant to sleep after three or four presentations.You can also download the guide Not Quite 101 Ways to Learn Students’ Names from the University of Virginia’s CTE website.The use of mobile devices in the classroom, particularly smartphones, has become an issue faced by all faculty.It’s best to be clear about your policies on device use from day one.