First Day Icebreakers for Building In-Class Connections

How do we help build in-class connections between students – starting from the first day of class?

Reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education, faculty should consider replacing a standard student introduction on the first day of class with three icebreakers suggested by the publication, That Wasn’t on the Syllabus. These could include “speed friending”, where each student has a quick 2-minute conversation with another student, then moves down to the next one; or having students present 3 images, memes or fictional characters that best represent them.

This more personal way to student introductions aims to create stronger and more memorable first connections that will help break the ice for developing relationships moving forward.

The takeaway? Interpersonal relationships are an incredibly critical part of the higher ed experience. So how can we do a better job creating the vulnerability and personality sharing moments relevant to starting friendships?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

As AVP of Marketing, Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.