It is the start of another new semester and there are fresh students on campus and in your classes. However, it is often challenging for students to meet each other, and the assumption that students in your class already know each other is generally incorrect. To help students ease in to their new settings many teachers use various icebreakers believing that they help students develop a feeling of familiarity. However students (and faculty) often dislike these activities and evidence shows that these icebreakers do not always build a better connection within the classroom. Dr. Dylan Selterman (Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park) suggests an unusual yet very simple approach that has been proven to be successful in engaging students to develop better interpersonal links.
“If we teach today’s students as we were taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow” – John Dewey