Create an introductory activity connected to your discipline to get to know your learners. For example:

  • In a human geography class you could ask every student to describe their favourite place.
  • For earth science the question could be “What mineral would you be based on hardness? Why?”
  • For English literature, each student could discuss what fictional character they would like to invite to dinner, and why.
  • In history, ask what figure, living or dead, would be the most interesting to have at a cocktail party?

Can you think of some fun and interesting questions for your discipline?


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  • Introductory activity! (Pamela Koski Bryant, @BryantKoski)

    I would ask my chemistry students: Which famous scientist would you like to invite for dinner and why?

  • Let's Even Out the Playing Field! (Lynn Chartrand, @lynn_chartrand)

    This is one of my favourite ice breakers at the beginning of a new semester.

  • Please Allow Me To Introduce My Field (Sidney, @data_professor)

    In my orientation the day before the program began, I wanted to find out who the students were, get to know them, and most importantly understand their technical and English skills. The courses in the program were developed around essay writing, and computer science, math and statistics for analytics. Until the day of the orientation,… Read more »

  • Creative Writing (Modernist Poetry) as an English Class Activity (Mel Young, @melyoung00)

    This post outlines how to use modernist poetry as an engagement activity for an introductory College Communications course.

  • Introduce Yourself Using Flipgrid (Steven Secord, @stevensecord)

    With the recent news of Microsoft acquiring Flipgrid and opening it up free for all educators got me thinking that this would make an excellent resource for doing class introductions. Not only does it allow the students to get to know both their instructors and their peers, it also introduces them to a useful piece of… Read more »

  • Introductory MTKG class – Using NearPod (Danny Smith, @ProfessorDannyS)

    On the first day of the semester, I typically use NearPod’s student response system to deliver and discuss a series of questions to my students.  This allows me to learn about them, find out what captures their attention, and identify the subjects that they are most interested in for future class discussions. As you know,… Read more »

  • Introductions: Selfie Me (Helen DeWaard, @hj_dewaard)

    This is an introductory activity designed to engage teacher candidates in their professional year to examine the power and potential of selfies in the classroom. The course is Critical Digital Literacy so the discussion around the use and sharing of selfies becomes the springboard for deeper thinking about digital presence.

  • The Hip Bone is Connected to the Leg Bone (Greg Shortt, @shorttkid)

    In an anatomy class, I would pass out a few bones to each student and have them work together to try to reconstruct the general skeleton.  They would need to communicate with each other and work as a team to complete the task.  From there we could move into introductions of each member of the… Read more »

  • #Introduction (Richard Lebert, @adaptivetherapy)

    Have students share a tweet about what got them interested in massage therapy.   Using the #LambtonMT

  • Being fabulously good – Tutor Training (Irene Stewart, @IrenequStewart)

    At the beginning of Tutor Training, I ask my student-tutors to tell us about something they are fabulously good at that is not school related. Then, when everyone is done, I ask my student-tutors to think about: Were you born fabulously good at this? If not, how did you get fabulously good? Who or what… Read more »


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