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URI 101 Icebreakers

The purpose of conducting an icebreaker is to help your class get to know one another and be more comfortable with each other. They are a great way to begin class and to introduce a topic in the first couple weeks of the course. Consider the level of risk associated with each icebreaker and class comfort level in order to select the right activity for your class:

Low Risk

No physical contact

Sharing impersonal information (name, major, where you are from, etc.)

Medium Risk

Still no physical contact

Sharing of a bit more personal information

High Risk

Physical contact

Sharing personal information

Remember that icebreakers are supposed to be fun so if someone feels uncomfortable sharing then they don’t have to participate. This concept is referred to as “Challenge by Choice.” As with name games, make icebreakers personal to you and your students.

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