We met some great friends and their kids yesterday for a rainy afternoon of sledding and time at their house catching up. The kids hadn’t seen each other since the summer, and while they get along fantastically, the first chunk of time can be a little slow in re-connecting.
Yesterday’s sled activity was a great way to do the re-connecting – being active and having fun let them have easy conversations to get the visit going.
Can these active conversations and opening ice-breakers be transferred to the classroom? Will have to think about how I can incorporate a strategy like this in my math classroom for Semester 2 – is there a different spin I can take on the opening week of community building activities?