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“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” ~ Henry Ford
It’s important that we treat our role as a teacher, purposefully. We make an incredible impact on the world. As Nelson Mandela famously said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” We are a part of that mission. Each year, we are the curators, leaders, and guides of communities of students who make an impact on the world. Our students usually do not realize their potential, but we can help them begin to think about it.
One of the first steps is to make sure our physical and virtual classrooms become active communities, in which students learn from each other and support each other. These communities need to allow students to contribute, collaborate, create, and get to know each other. Students need to build relationships with their peers in order to prevent issues with bullying and ensure the support of one another in succeeding in learning goals. We can encourage this by implementing team building activities, icebreakers, getting-to-know you activities, and collaborative tasks. Below are slide presentations and posts with a list of icebreakers for children, teens, and adults. Some you can do with mobile devices, others on learning management systems, and others in your classroom.
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