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Creating Classroom Rapport

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One of the easiest ways to bring dull material to life is to add a little flair to the beginning of a class. Start the lesson with an ice breaker or some sort of visual optical illusion, which can be referred to as brain candy. Catch the classes’ attention from the point the lesson begins to stimulate brain function and capture attention.

Motivating examples of quick, simple activities can be found on the internet. Use ones that require no materials and can be completed in a round robin fashion, allowing everyone to participate.

One engaging activity is called Who Am I? Before playing the game, explain the importance of asking more than just yes and no type questions. Give an example of someone visiting a doctor’s office. Obviously, the person is there for a reason, so to ask “Is everything okay?” would probably generate aggravation for both parties. Another question would have to follow to find the reason for the actual visit. Explain that being direct and cognizant of how questions are delivered is imperative to receiving needed information.

After a discussion is held on how to pose effective questions, two people are sent out of the room. These two people choose to each be a different celebrity or well-known athlete. When the two return, the rest of class should pose questions to find out the identity of each. Point out when just yes no type questions are posed.

Once the identities are determined, ask the class what would have been the best question to have asked to quickly determine the identity of the two. If no one suggests it, explain that simply asking, “Who are you?” would suffice. Students may retort that they did not know they could ask that. Again, point out that they never asked if they could.
The objective of the game is to engage students while showing them the importance of asking for what they need.

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