186: Easy and Fun Icebreakers for First Speech Sessions

Easy and Fun Icebreakers for First Speech Sessions


How do you build connections with your students?

It’s almost time to head back to the classroom and that means you are probably trying to decide what to do on your first day back. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!

In this episode of SLP Coffee Talk, I’m sharing 5 different icebreakers that will help you build rapport and connection with your students which will set both you and your students up for a much more successful year!

Your students won’t work for you if they don’t trust you. Taking that time at the beginning of the year doing the all about me activities and icebreakers to create a comfortable environment where they feel comfortable around you and safe to take the necessary risks to reach their goals. 

You have to prioritize connection over data collection, so you can’t skip this step! These activities are just what you need to get to that place of communication and trust. 


In This Episode You’ll Discover:

  • Why it is essential to prioritize connection over data collection
  • The many benefits of building trust with your students right from the start
  • A super engaging game to play on your first day back
  • A fun way for students share a bunch of different facts about themselves
  • How to use Would You Rather to get to know your students better
  • Some easy-to-use fun online resources for playing get-to-know-you games with your students


I hope you found this helpful! Again, in that first week, you really want to dial in on getting to know your students and their interests so that you can build an environment of trust and comfort that students will feel safe in to reach their goals. 

Make sure to check out the resources linked below for some accessible and engaging resources and games to use as icebreakers!

Need more easy-to-use activities that don't require prep!? Check out my SLP Elevate membership where I deliver easy-to-use resources each and every month based around high-interest themes for grades 4-12. Check it out at slpelevate.com!


Easy and Fun Icebreakers for First Speech Sessions


Joke of the Week:

Q: What did one volcano say to the other? 

A: I lava you. 


Resources Mentioned: 

Check out Highlights Kids games

Check out National Geographic Kids

Check out Baamboozle's Would You Rather Games

Check out the free Getting To Know Your Rockstar Students resource


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