Math icebreakers for adults
Easy icebreaker activities: the numbers game
This week, I’ve seen a lot of fantastic icebreaker ideas, so I figured I’d share a few of my favorites here. Next week, the majority of us will be meeting new classes for the first time. I’ll be starting a new tutor party, and I’ll need activities to help me get to know my students, as well as for them to get to know each other.
Next, a cautionary tale about what not to do. I went to a two-day residential selection center for a graduate job at Esso while I was at university. I believe there were a total of twelve contestants, all from the Russell Party and dressed in sharp new suits. We began with an icebreaker, as is customary. We were instructed to share something unique about ourselves. I had a few ideas about what I was going to say – I used to live in Africa and have a few stories to share – but I was beginning to feel nervous. Any one of the other candidates had far more fascinating stories than I did. They’d met royalty, appeared on television, received awards, were linked to celebrities, and had saved lives. I’ll never forget the sense of imminent doom as I awaited my turn to talk, followed by the humiliation and sense of inferiority. For the rest of the selection center, it shook my confidence.
5 icebreakers for online classes pt. 1
Being able to share my optimistic math attitude with students is one of the many things I enjoy about being a math teacher. I begin as soon as the school year begins and continue throughout the year. I especially enjoy team-building activities during the back-to-school season. These exercises help me incorporate my community-oriented teaching style and break the ice with a new group of students. At all times during math class, I urge my students to work together. Here’s how I go about doing it.
For lesson planning and teaching tips, I enjoy reading the DynaMath Teacher’s Guide. One distinction tip suggested a fun exercise in which students calculate and graph each other’s heights. I divided my students into small groups to begin measuring their heights (in inches). Students were required to work collaboratively, taking turns measuring each other with yard sticks or rulers and recording their results. I asked a volunteer from each group to come up to the SmartBoard and show their group’s height data. Then and group had to debate how best to arrange the data in order to construct a bar graph.
First day of school icebreaker help for high school & middle
The first few days of school can be difficult in a variety of ways. (It’s a math pun!) Students face uncertainty when they return to school after an unusually long break, particularly if it coincides with a public health crisis. Pleasant learning experiences that kids enjoy are one of the best ways to overcome awkwardness or even resistance and get the math conversation going.
Math games are particularly useful for getting students to talk about math. “Students who engage with their peers and the teacher about their reasoning, solution pathways, and insights into how they solved a problem—or how to interpret another student’s solution—develop a deeper understanding of mathematics,” says Dr. Matt Larson, author of HMH Into MathTM and Senior Fellow with HMH’s Math Solutions.
“Students who share their thought, solution pathways, and insights into how they solved a problem—or how to evaluate another student’s solution—develop a deeper understanding of mathematics with their classmates and teacher.”
HMH Math Solutions Senior Fellow Dr. Matt Larson
10 first day activities for math teachers (in person & virtual
Adults learn better and are most receptive when they feel at ease with their surroundings. There are things you can do to relieve stress and promote group interaction in a classroom, a meeting, lecture, or a band.
Whether the players are frequent team members or strangers, this hilarious game works well in any community. Have everybody come up with two true facts about themselves and one false yet plausible fact. The burden of recalling is eased by writing them down. The participants then try to figure out what the deception is. This activity is excellent for promoting imagination that could be useful later on and for assisting everyone in the community in getting to know one another.
Individuals Bingo is a common ice breaker because it’s simple to adapt to your group’s needs and even simpler to learn. To play, the facilitator distributes a bingo card and a writing utensil to each participant. Each square on the bingo card has a characteristic, such as “has more than two dogs” or “only knows how to cook toast,” and participants must find a person who matches the characteristic to receive a Bingo. Explain that a point is worthless unless it is signed.