When I get a chance to work with a team of teachers for a day, I always feel thrilled about what will come today. Being present at a workshop, I know there is a sense of fear when it comes to "icebreakers." I've got a little bit of my sentence that seems to be a great success, but lately I was looking for something different.
If you know anything about me, I'm usually looking for inspiration outside of education. Some also saw a silent disco show last year LearnFestATX (Dating back to 2019 too!), That idea was "derived" from a silent disco dance event at ACLFest here in Austin. This summer, my family and I were able to go on a lifetime trip and traveled on an Alaska cruise for 14 days. We enjoyed sights, landscapes, especially all recreational and interactive activities on board. I became a friend of the cruise manager (a former teacher and owner of my dream job) and talked to him about all the ways he tried to involve his audience. Share a variety of interactive games and activities that can be easily applied to your classroom or professional development. Games like "majority rules" where the correct answer is not as important as choosing the answer to the majority offers some fun and creative thinking.
One of the events that I and my family tried to compete on frequently was the trivia team competitions. Some of them were musical, some of them were public, but all were enjoyable, due in large part to the attractive MC and cooperative thinking of our team. I began to wonder if this could be a good way to make a team of diverse thinkers work together and get to know each other quickly instead of starting to break through traditional ice.
Last week, I was lucky enough to give my chance to test my theory. I knew I was going to meet a dynamic team of teachers in Illinois, and later in the week he was the host to host the start of my teams in the year. What a perfect opportunity to build some teams while breaking the ice! The following is a step by step step of activity with some fast food if you want to experience this for your team, school, class or family!
Since I did not want this to be just a random variation, it should have included some information about the group. Things like "What is your greatest fear?" And "Would you rather be a little late or an early way?" Some of the questions I sent in advance in this poll were "pre-election". (Here's a sample) While a lot of data has been easily captured in the graphs to be used, some open questions take a lot of data to come out and which are the top responses.
You have also created the following hyphenation sheet (Link to the Trivia PDF team). I know you can also do this digitally, but since the purpose is to build the team and collaborate more, the teams are directed to "use your own pasta, not your google account."
Finally, for the trivia part, you print a different couple of cards or "lines of life". One was a "send a friend" card and the other was a "Google" card. Teams were instructed that they could use these cards once and for one question only. If they do not use the card, they get a half reward point for each card. It was interesting to see teams use strategy about when or if you were using a lifeline card.
Also, just for fun, I created a playlist that included the songs they chose when answering my "go-to karaoke song …" on the pre-election questionnaire and took their songs as they entered the room.
Create your team
For this challenge, I did not want the teams to be just people you know or on campus. In fact, in some respects, this may put your team in an unfavorable position if you know everyone on your team well. Since the last sections were related to the set and its answers, it's actually better to have a more diverse group so you can see what your team has been up to. I gave reward points to the names of a creative team (and asked them to stick to the judge because everything was personal
Department of trivia
There are tons of websites that have trivia out there, so do not lengthen your mind with asking questions. I looked at the pop culture, technology, current events, and trivia related to the school like my questions. I also tried to attract some "local" consensus to some questions (about the city, the school district). For voice-tag questions, song samples from the pre-election questionnaire included "Moving to karaoke song selection" and they can earn points for each artist, song title, and year of release.
Finally, while you can do just that, I loved viewing the question on the screen until I created all the slides in Keynote. This is useful in large areas where they may not be able to hear you and reinforce the idea that we understand and remember a lot more if we heard and see. Then you copy all my questions slides and repeat the questions at the end of the deck with the chipset in between when we got to the record part.
"Survey says …" section
This is a "family runner" section, where the team tries to choose what they think the first answer to is group.
Team trivia in action! Picture courtesy of ASharpTeacher
I have given 5 points for the top choice to one point for the fifth option. A word of caution Here, when creating a pre-election questionnaire, shoot one-word answers because it makes it easy to schedule top answers. Some interesting questions here are "What is your # 1 place to visit on the group list?" Or "What are your favorite pills as a child?"
Remember, it's not about what you're answering, but what you think the group's highest answer will be.
These questions were based on a series of "Do you prefer" questions at the end of the pre-election poll. Questions like "Do you lose your hearing or vision?" Or "Would you rather go on a cruise with your husband or friends?" They were a bit fun and paid a bit of laughter and discussion. Again, do not reinvent the wheel here. Found This list And many others on internal networks to pull these questions out. For both teams, they had an answer from two parts on their registration paper. First, they had to decide what most people chose in the room, and then had to guess the percentage of those who chose it as a response. (Eg "Lose Hearing … 90%) When we get to the registration section, you gave me points for those who got it correctly and got 5 percentage points in either direction.
Record the grades
After all the trivia is complete, you award bonus points to those who have not used their own life lines and team names. You then distribute the answer sheets to other groups for the registration tour. Note that competitive teams can actually suspend some answers. For the most part, if it's close to the original answer, I'll allow it (people should be fun).
This part should be very attractive. Ask the audience to shout what you think is answered and answer the screen with some excitement. It's amazing to me how competitive teams can be realized and how disappointed they are when they get the wrong answer.
In general, these mass consensus competitions were successful in both events. Allowed the two teams to identify each other in a competitive and cooperative form. It took approximately 6-8 hours to do each setup (create a google form, answer form, gather data, create a slide platform) and take the actual hour event. Now that you've done this multiple times, I can reuse my slide set and change some questions based on the group, so the setting will not be too heavy. I also participated in the questionnaire before the questionnaire and answered it in this blog, so feel free to borrow and rewrite it yourself. I would love to hear from you if you try it with your team. Sign up for Twitter mrhooker or comment on this post!
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Carl Hooker was part of a strong educational transformation with the integration of technology since he became a teacher. As Director of Innovation and Digital Education at Eanes ISD, he helped lead the LEAP program, which placed one iPad in the hands of all K-12 students in the region with 8,000 students. He is also the founder of "iPadpalooza" – a "learning festival" that lasts three days in Austin each year. He is the author of the six books series "The Mobile Learning Mentality", a guide for teachers, administrators, parents, and others to support and promote mobile learning in our schools. Read more Addicted to innovation.