I will be completing the practicum for my program soon and am looking for ways to break the ice with my students. Are you able to provide me with any easy suggestions on how I can create a bond with my students on the first day of class?This entry sheds light on a little known secret that a lot prospective instructors overlook when entering the field of education. In order to be successful at your job, you need to be able to win your students over. Just because youve mastered a ton of knowledge and enjoyed spending years in school to earn your degree (like I did), doesnt mean that your students will feel the same about learning. So I came up with an innovative way to break the ice with my students that I hope youll enjoy, and your students find entertaining. And it wont cost your school more than the cost of travel to make it to the venue if you decide to follow through. From this exercise, they will learn how to conduct research, search for scholarships, seek career guidance, gain a little information about the great writers, and how to check out resources from the library. On the third day of class (I say third day because the add/drop period for each school is different), I schedule an educational scavenger hunt for the students. I assign them to teams according to their majors and educational goals, and ask them to work collaboratively to complete the given assignment. Its so fun to see how competitive they become when winning is at stake, and Im sure youll have a blast seeing and watching how they work. The scavenger hunt can take place at your local library, which shouldnt cost you anything, or anywhere on campus. And, not only will the librarians and other teachers be thrilled to assist you with your project, but it will bring equally positive recognition to your school.SAMPLE INSTRUCTIONS:Task List – Please write down your answers on one piece of paper and submit the requested documents with it by the end of the evening. The library closes at 9:00 p.m.Student A Pharmacy Tech
Student B Pediatrician
Student C Nursing
Student D Health Care Administration
Student E Pediatrician1. Make sure that your group has at least 1 library map. You can pick one up at the receptionist desk. This item will help you find your way around the library.2. Make sure that every member of your team has a library card. Every member of your team will need to show me their library card at the end of the evening. Its free. All you need to do is provide an id and complete some paperwork. 3. Make a computer reservation at one of the workstations. Hold onto the receipt. You will need to turn in 1 receipt by the end of the evening. You are more than welcome to use the computer to help you complete any portion of this assignment. 4. As a group, find 4 scholarships for students who aspire to work in the medical field. In addition, find 1 scholarship for Pharmacy Tech majors. Xerox and/or print out this information. You will need to hand in this item before 9 p.m. this evening.5. Log onto this website: http://www.fln.vcu.edu/grimm/rapunzel_e.html. Print out the story of Rapunzel by the Grimm Brothers. Write a paragraph consisting of at least 200 words stating how this version of the story differs from the modern version.6. Find Mahatma Ghandis, Quit India Speech, which was written on August 8, 1942. Using the APA format, cite the book where you found the speech. On the same piece of paper, answer the following questions: What is the speech about? What is the question that people pose to Gandhi often? (hint: the answer is related to 1920) Finish this sentence: Ours is not a drive for power… What does Gandhi say about a non-violent soldier? What books did he read while in prison? What does he want to warn the British of?7. Find a job listing in the classifieds section of the newspaper that solicits pharmacy technicians to fill an opening at a store like Walgreens. Using the APA format, cite the newspaper where you found the announcement. How many years of schooling does it take for one to enter into your field of study (i.e. the medical field)?8. Find out how long patrons are able to keep a CD and/or video that theyve checked out from the library.9. Write down the name and date of two upcoming events that will take place at the library; one of them has to be a free event for children. Another must be a free event where you can receive a professional opinion about your resume.10. Meet me in the Childrens Library at 8:45. If you finish beforehand, you are more than welcome to come early as long as you completed the task list.
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