With continuous enrolment, we get new students joining our classes every Monday morning, if they change from another class, on a Monday afternoon, when they’re new to the school, and sometimes on a Tuesday morning too, if they only have morning classes! This means that we’re constantly trying to make sure our students get on well together, and I’m always trying to find new getting to know you activities that still motivate and interest the students who’ve been in the class for weeks.
This is what I used a couple of weeks ago:
- Ask students in pairs/small groups to decide what the connections are between the items on your own mind map.
- Each pair/group writes three questions to find out more about the connections.
- They then create their own mind maps – give them about 10 minutes, as it takes a while to get a good mind map.
- Finally, they mingle and ask and answer questions about each other’s mind maps.
My students spent about 90 minutes on the whole process. I copied their mind maps and learnt a lot about my students in the process, something which isn’t always easy in a most of the getting to know you exercises I use. I even found out which of my students were great artists!