In this icebreaker activity, students answer questions about themselves individually, including: name/preferred pronoun, program, career goals, primary language and other languages spoken, devices available to them for learning, past experience with subject, potential obstacles to success, book/film/tv recommendations, description of the college with one adjective, and a question for the instructor.
The instructor uses this information to create an anonymized profile of the class (see slides for model) and presents these slides at the start of class 2. In response, students pair-share about the question, what was most surprising to you about our classroom community? This is followed by a brief whole-class discussion with pairs sharing out to the wider class.
If many students express that time management or anxiety are potential obstacles to success, the instructor can mention support services available to students and otherwise create a partnership with students in an open classroom environment where they know they will be valued and respected.
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