|BTS Ice Breaker, grades 4 -8
I have a confession to make: I hate ice breakers, and I have always hated ice breakers. When I see those dreaded words at the top of a meeting agenda, it sends an icy chill down my spine — apropos to its name I guess! Always desperate to escape this forced bit of “fun”, I start to plan a way out. Perhaps I really need to use the restroom, or there’s an important call that simply can’t wait a second longer!
- – They are forced and unnatural
- – If you get stuck in an uncomfortable conversation with someone, you’re trapped until time is called … and doesn’t that always feel like forever?!
- – The questions are tired and old. They frequently yield information I don’t find interesting and don’t find interesting to share about myself.
- – There’s too high an expectation that they’re going to be a big hit, so when it falls flat, it feels a little like the birthday scene from Office Space:
So I set out to make a better mouse-trap, as they say, to minimize the things I hate about the typical ice-breakers. What I’ve made is a little like speed dating, with a lot of moving around, and quicker interactions that feel a little less stressful.
As a public service to all those who have felt my pain, I’m sharing it for free in my store. 🙂
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But … where are the BTS STEM Challenges?
You make an excellent point. STEM challenges are a fantastic, organic way for kids to get to know each other, so why on Earth wouldn’t I mention them in a BTS blog post?! Especially since that’s almost solely what I write about??? And since I’ve made a set of challenges especially for the season???
It’s killing me, actually, that I can’t tell you more about it here, because I wrote about my Back-to-School STEM challenges as a guest post for a colleague’s blog that goes live August 4th. This means I really can’t post about them here too.
Two things to tide you over: I will link the product below, and as soon as the guest post is live, you can check back here for a link to that post! You can also get a sneak peek on my YouTube channel!
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