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Teaching Adult Learners: Icebreakers – Open2Study


[MUSIC PLAYING] Hi everyone. Welcome to Module 2. By the end of this module,
you’ll be able to apply instructional skills which
promote a safe and accountable learning environment, as well
as match students’ learning styles and needs. A really important part of
setting up a safe and accountable learning environment
is creating safety through getting participants
to know one another. And a good way of doing that is
to work with ice breakers. And you’ll hear the term ice
breaker and energizer used interchangeably. And I like to differentiate
between those two things. An energizer for me is really
about recharging the learners’ batteries, perhaps when it’s
at the end of the morning session or just after lunch, or
perhaps even mid-afternoon when everybody’s feeling
exhausted. An energizer is simply a chance
to stand up, move around the room, stretch,
et cetera. An ice breaker, on the other
hand, is, as it says, breaking the ice. It’s an opportunity
for learners to get to know one another. And I’m going to demo for you a
couple of my favourite ones. The first one I’d like to demo
is two truths and a lie. So I’m going to write up three
statements about myself and I’m going to ask you to guess
which one you think is false. Statement one is
I speak German. Statement two, I’ve lived
in Denmark, Scandinavia. And statement three is I go
to the gym twice a week. OK, which one do you
think is a lie? If you guessed number three,
you’re correct. So in summary, this is an
example of an ice breaker that you might be able to use in your
own learning environment. You’ve learned three
facts about me. And now I’d like you go to the
forum and post three facts about yourself, two, which are
true, and one, which is a lie. Post it onto the forums and
then respond to two other people in the online
community. I’ve been talking about the
importance of creating a safe and accountable learning
environment. And one way of creating that
safe learning environment is actually using ice breakers. And an ice breaker, which I
found to be really effective in a face-to-face learning
environment, it’s something called what’s in your wallet? I’ve invited Jase on the set
today to demo how this works. In my workshops usually they’d
be groups of four or six. And what I do is I’d
ask everybody– and I’m going to ask Jase to do
this in a moment– to pull something out of their wallet
that reflects something about themselves. And then in about a minute
to two minutes share that information with the
rest of the group. So Jase, I’ll start first Good. And demo this. I’m just going to go down to
my wallet and I’m going to pull out my metro card from New
York and talk about this. That’s pretty cool. Yes, so look. I was in New York last
year in June. One of the first things I had
to do when I arrived was getting myself a metro
card organised. And something about the
Americans I really noticed right away was they are not
so into the excuse me, I’m looking to buy a metro card
for a month while I’m here in New York. I went down in that mud
to this guy that was behind the counter. And he looked at
me cross-eyed. Didn’t say anything, but it was
like, I don’t understand a word you’re speaking. So as soon as I said metro
card, here for one month. He was cool. Gave me the metro card. And the best things about this
was I was living in the north of Manhattan and commuting down
to the South each day. But the coolest thing was I felt
I got to know New York City during that commute,
morning and evening. Yeah, for sure. So, yeah. That was the metro card. That’s great. And that’s a great thing
to keep in your wallet. Thank you. I might not have something
quite so interesting. What are you going to pull
out of your wallet? Well, let’s have a look. I didn’t have much warning, and
my wallet is not as neat as your wallet. But there’s something
quite funny. Yeah, somewhere. Here it is. This is a VIP Power Club
time zone card. OK. This makes me some kind
of a superhero to my six-year-old son. So if I pull this out,
the magic happens. Not for me, but for him,
because I don’t know if anyone’s ever been through a
time zone, but you can’t hear yourself think for the next
two days after that. So that represents where he is
and where I’m at the moment. Anyway, it is great fun to see
him, spending my money and playing all the games,
and running around like a crazy person. Has he got a favorite
game down there? He actually– the thing I like
is that he likes the traditional ones, like where you
hit the things that pop up with a mallet, or throw
basketballs into– Yeah, so that’s– or the other
one is the air hockey. Oh, great. So it’s all the traditional
stuff, which is good, I think. Excellent. How often do you go down
there with him? It’s a school holidays treat. OK. I can’t afford it anymore
than like times a year. Because they are not cheap,
but it’s kind of fun. Great. Yeah. Thanks very much, Jase. No problem. As we can see, you get to learn
some interesting things about people that you’re going
to be working with. And it’s such a fun way to
get a session going. The next topic we’re going to
look at is framing questions using think pair share tactic.

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