Break the Ice: 4 Favorite Activities from the LA Staff

Posted by Emily Weisberg on August 11, 2015

Building on our webinar for creating a safe, reflective classroom community, this week each LA Program staff member of Facing History and Ourselves has shared their favorite community-building activity. Here is our final activity - rounding out our set of four!

One of my favorite go-to activities is “Human Bingo.” It takes a little work on the front end but provides a great platform for a group to learn more about one another in a guided, fun way.

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Topics: Safe Schools, Teaching Strategy, Breaking the Ice

Break the Ice: Activity 3 of 4 Great Strategies to Build Community

Posted by Mary Hendra on August 10, 2015

Building on our webinar for creating a safe, reflective classroom community, this week each LA Program staff member of Facing History and Ourselves will share their favorite community-building activity. Here is activity #3 of 4.

 Listening Is An Act of Love, produced by StoryCorps, is a film I've enjoyed as a way to highlight the power of storytelling to build community.  

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Topics: Safe Schools, Teaching Strategy, Breaking the Ice

Break the Ice: Activity 2 of 4 Favorites for Building Community

Posted by Dan Alba on August 7, 2015

Building on our webinar for creating a safe, reflective classroom community, this week each LA Program staff member of Facing History and Ourselves will share their favorite community-building activity. Here is post #2 of 4.

To Look At Me You Wouldn't Know...."

I absolutely love this simple yet powerful strategy to help build classroom community by breaking down students' assumptions and stereotypes about others.

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Topics: Safe Schools, Teaching Strategy, Breaking the Ice

Break the Ice: 4 Strategies to Strengthen Classroom Community

Posted by Armen Menechyan on August 6, 2015

Building on our webinar for creating a safe, reflective classroom community, this week each LA Program staff member of Facing History and Ourselves will share their favorite community-building activity. Just in time for back-to-school!

My go-to strategy is called “Circle in a Circle.”

This strategy can be used not only to “break the ice,” but also throughout the year to review ideas, make connections, unpack or extend information, prepare for writing, and more. It gets students up out of their seats and talking. The process is simple enough for students to learn, and can then be varied for effectiveness based on which questions you ask students to discuss.

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Topics: Safe Schools, Teaching Strategy, Breaking the Ice

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