I recently had the privilege of being interviewed by Dr. Sarah Montgomery for her Teaching in 10 Podcast. This podcast is designed to allow higher education faculty to share teaching strategies and stories about how they engage students and support student success and well-being.
In my session, I discussed how I have been using an Opening Question Activity in my classes (both on-line and in-person) to build connections with my undergrad students.
I begin each class session by asking each student the question for the day. These questions might be "What are your hidden talents" or "If you could have a super power, what would it be?" Taking the time to ask each individual provides them a chance to share something about themselves and for me to learn more about them. The most important part is that it builds a connection between me and my students. It makes a BIG difference.
We discuss the research I have been doing on using these questions to start a class. You may remember that I discussed this earlier in Dr. Z Reflects (Connecting with Students through Opening Questions). We even discussed the additional research that I did at the same time about Why Students Turn Off their Online Cameras which I also shared on this blog.
Please give it a listen and give me some feedback about what you have experienced using icebreaker questions or other methods for connecting with your students.
Looking forward to hearing from you.