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please don't post if you disagree with them; i'm not asking for opinions. our staff likes them (and we're stuck in a meeting regardless), and we have a HUGE number of new staff members this year.

what have you done that was pretty short, but good? thanks!


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Have you ever played Kahoot? I once did a Kahoot trivia for our staff. I had the staff send me 3 things about them and were unique and that they didn't mind sharing. Then, I created a Kahoot online. I didn't use every piece they sent me, just one. It might read something "Who went to Barack Obama's first inaugural address?" And then I would list 4 choices.

If you aren't familiar with Kahoot, it's like the trivia at Buffalo Wild Wings, bars, sports bars, etc. There is a question and you get points for answering correct, but you get more points the quicker you answer correct. They will all need a device. It was a lot of fun! Most of my staff hadn't heard of Kahoot, and you can do it with your class as a review game, too, so we talked about how to integrate it into the classroom, too. The staff really enjoyed it. I think it took about 15-30 minutes.
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thank you for the idea. we have used kahoot before (not for staff). that sounds like fun (but i have to do this tomorrow, said the procrastinator) so i need something quicker.

i think i'm going to do Sorts and Mingle....http://www.icebreakers.ws/get-to-kno...nd-mingle.html unless something better comes along.....
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There's the good ole.."find someone who____" game. It's where everyone has a survey of sorts and they have to find people who fit the description and write their name. Usually you're limited as to how many times you can use the same person.

Examples might be

Find someone who traveled out of the country this summer...
Find someone who read at least three books this summer...
etc.
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Old 08-15-2017, 03:10 PM
 
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Have each person take some Starburst and/or M&Ms candies... then for each color the person says a fact about themselves/answers the color coded question. If you have a lot of people have them choose 1-2 colors to answer.

Examples of Colors/Questions:
- Red: Where is your favorite place to vacation?
- Yellow: What was your first job?
- Orange: Give an interesting fact about yourself

I like this because of the candy but also that it's quick & relatively painless for those that aren't into icebrakers. We did this last year during Staff PD.


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We had fun with 2 truths and a lie.(Kagan) It didn't take too long and got lots of laughs.
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How about a clean version of Never Have I Ever? Usually you take a shot if you've done it. Example:
"Never have I ever....skipped school." I would take a drink because I have.

You could come up with statements about school/teaching, hobbies, daredevil stuff, "criminal" acts, etc. People could stand up if it applies to them.
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