Every two weeks our Program Director will release new activities, guides, tools, tips, and tricks to put into practice with youth in classrooms, online learning settings, and summer programs. Enter your name and email address below to receive access to a library of resources to help you get creative in online and in-person environments.
These resources are designed to support educators of all types in building effective, student-centered learning communities. Spark your students' creativity and keep them engaged through icebreakers and team building activities. Help students build relationships and connections, through emotions check-in and community building activities. Whether you are creating a new community or building up an existing one, each activity is flexible and can be used in an online setting or in-person programming.
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An icebreaker is a team activity intended to help members of a group begin the process of forming themselves into a team. Icebreakers are commonly presented as a game to "warm up" the group by helping the members get to know each other and form relationships. They often focus on sharing personal information such as names, hobbies, etc. Icebreakers are a great way to start your virtual session or can be used intermittently to keep your attendees engaged and focused.
Activities intended for participants to name their emotions, express themselves creatively, or practice self-reflection. Naming emotions and creative self-expression takes practice, so allow for varying types of sharing in the large group. Taking the time for virtual attendees to identify how they feel and name emotions promotes introspection and can help build empathy and community between group members no matter the distance!
Activities intended to encourage group collaboration and communication. Activities typically have specific learning outcomes and can help the group form as a team. Taking the time to intentionally build a strong foundation of teamwork, communication and collaboration is integral for remote teams.
Activities intended to build community among team members through peer to peer recognition, sharing, and promoting honest dialogue. Providing your virtual attendees with community-building activities is not only fun, but they increase engagement through observation and active listening, and they promote self-confidence and a sense of belonging.