Warm up activities

Light and quick activities to do at beginning or end of class to engage students in low-stakes conversations

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Collaborative Storytelling
Promote a sense of community and break the ice in class with collaborative storytelling activities.
Jasmina Najjar
Creativity Booster: 16 Squares
Creativity Booster activities can be used as a fun warm up the beginning of each class. This '16 Squares' activity invites students to think visually and require creative problem solving.
Diana Varma
Creativity Booster: 5 Senses
Creativity Booster activities can be used as a fun warm up the beginning of each class. This 5 Senses activity invites students to quiet and focus their minds.
Diana Varma
Creativity Booster: An Ode to the Other Hand
Creativity Booster activities can be used as a fun warm up the beginning of each class. This particular activity invites students to discover feelings of empathy.
Diana Varma
Creativity Booster: Yes, Let’s!
Creativity Booster activities can be used as a fun warm up the beginning of each class. This ‘Yes, Let’s’ activity invites students to get silly and quiet their inner critics.
Diana Varma
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Four Ideas for Checking In
Particularly important during a pandemic, but this is a good way to start any class.
Maha Bali, Mia Zamora
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Imaginary Buffet (or Potluck)
The purpose of this activity is to engage students with each other’s ‘small talk’, by making a game out of active listening.
Maya Hey
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Loglines
A fun, text-based way to warm up or cool down a session or topic.
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Meditation
Meditation provides an opportunity for students to relax before or after teaching.
Nadine Aboulmagd
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Pop-up Psychogeography Journey Journal
To invite students to use their bodies to represent, collaboratively, an image of something that is worth discussing.
Sarah-Jane Crowson
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PowerPoint Karaoke
Engage students in improv presenting, and enhance oral presentation skills in a light and humorous way.
Maha Bali, Jasmina Najjar, Hoda Mostafa
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Share an object from home
Encourage students to share something of themselves.
Maha Bali
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Spiral Journal
Promote focus and reflection while allowing individuals to compose responses thoughtfully and calmly in writing.
Maha Bali, Mia Zamora
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Theater of the Oppressed: Opposites
Warming up before class or after a break in a longer class. Encouraging use of the body, refreshes students’ bodies and minds.
Tina Pippin
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Theatre of the Oppressed: Image Theatre
To invite students to use their bodies to represent, collaboratively, an image of something that is worth discussing.
Maha Bali
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Thick Greetings
Try out a slower and more deliberate opportunity for everyone to introduce themselves.
Maha Bali, Mia Zamora, Autumm Caines, Laura Gibbs, Rebecca J. Hogue
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Tiny Demons/Drawing Monsters
Help people express and face their fears in a way that can help reduce stress and anxiety.
Lyse Edwards
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Two by Three by Bradford
“Rapidly clarify for individuals and a group what is essentially important in their work.”
Sarita Shukla
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While We Wait
Make use of the 5-10 minutes before class time or if you give a break in the middle of class.
Jasmina Najjar, Maha Bali
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Wild Tea / Mad Tea
This activity promotes small group intimacy and collaboration, making a large group session feel interactive.
Maha Bali

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Warm up activities

Warm up activities