Do you need to encourage your co-workers to get along better?
Or, is it your dream to teach a bunch of high-schoolers how to work together more respectfully?
Ice-breakers and team building games are a great way to learn to work with someone new or someone who initially seems different from yourself.
There are tons of different games, activities and ways to break the ice between strangers to help them co-exist, respect and work alongside each other without conflict or dislike. Read this article for some examples.
Do you remember the first day of school, when the teacher would make you go around the room and introduce yourself? Teachers do this in order to break the ice and to build a team mentality among the students. There are hundreds of other ways to break the ice between strangers who will now need to spend nearly every day together.
One idea is to make a set of ice-breaker question cards (either you can make these before the class/workday or you can have every person write one question on each card upon arrival). Each person gets one question card and one partner.
Instruct them to ask each other the question on their card (thus getting to know each other better). Once they’ve asked and answered, have them switch cards and then find a new partner until all the questions have been asked and all the people have spoken to each other.
Another idea is called Categories, in which you break down a large group (such as a class of students), by whatever categories you can imagine. One day could be blonds, brunettes and red-heads. The next category could be people who like to read and those who prefer to watch movies. The next could be those who like chocolate and those who prefer vanilla.
This manner of breaking a group into smaller groups helps you to disperse cliques and shows people that their group will not always be filled with those with whom they expect to share things in common.
These are only two examples of thousands of team-building exercises that you can utilise in all manner of life, not just in school or work, but even among siblings and families. They help to build a feeling of commonality among people who may never before have worked together or got along well.
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