This activity is inspired by Renee Hobbs, Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Rhode Island, USA. It is a great warm-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 a class, to help students 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, you can also select from a full list of prompts.
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, 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. Ability to create groups on a discussion forum if using a Learning Management System or Virtual Learning Environment.
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