When we are on the first day of school, it is important for us, including the teacher and students, and between the students themselves to get along. Yes, to make them get along, we need some things to be an icebreaker. This will be helpful for us to have a good conversation and engage with anyone in the classroom. One of the activities that we can do for icebreaking is using the classroom to get to know you. Yes, the classroom getting to know you can be defined as an introduction that is portrayed in a form of a game. This is a good method to make people inside the classroom is getting acquainted with each other.
Well, we know the answer to these questions. When it comes to making the students and the teacher become more acquainted with each other, we can use the classroom getting to know you as one of the methods. This kind of game helps us to know about people inside the classroom. So, it will create bonding between the teacher, the students, and students to students themselves.
To use this as a method properly, here are some things to do so that the activity will be effective:
1. Be genuine when it comes to asking a question.
2. Develop another question based on the story the others said.
3. Don't force them to answer quickly.
4. Don't judge the awkwardness.
5. Be a good listener.
6. Keep an eye on the answers and the response.
7. Keep the conversation relevant.
8. Be honest when answering or asking a question.
9. Give genuine compliments adequately.
Besides using the classroom getting to know you as a method to know our students that we are responsible for, we need to understand that there are plenty of things to do to make we can get along with our students. As we know, getting along with the students can make us engaged better. So, there will be an emotional relationship built. Well, there are some fun activities that we can try as the other method to know our students better besides using a method of the activity, the methods include:
1. Writing activities, let them tell about themselves about what they want.
2. Create a simple meeting that can be done once a month.
3. Bring lunch and eat together.
4. Cleaning the classroom together.
5. Go outside of the school together.
6. Encouraging kids to tell stories about themselves and listen to what they tell genuinely.