This activity is inspired by Renee Hobbs, Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Rhode Island, USA. This is a great warming-up activity that helps to build close connections between students.
This activity can be used at the beginning of the semester or to start off any class, to help people get to know each other more deeply than the usual intro questions we ask. Participants choose which question(s) to answer in small groups, and can go several rounds with the same or different partner(s).
You can use the existing list of questions or select from them your favourite 5 or 6 for each round.
Break students up into pairs or small groups and invite each of them to respond to one of the prompts below, a full list of prompts can be found here.
About 8 or 10 minutes for a pair in one round, or 12-15 minutes in a trio.
You can do this in pairs or trios, you can do it synchronously with breakout rooms or asynchronously on a discussion board or something like Slack or MS Team text. You can do one round or multiple rounds in one session, or you can do a different set of questions each class meeting.
Breakout rooms if synchronous. Groups on discussion forum if using Learning Management System or Virtual Learning Environment.
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