I am always looking for new ways to get to know my students. Over the past two decades, I have attempted dozens of different types of icebreakers in my classes; some were successful and others were a total failure.

When I started teaching in smaller towns, I noticed that many high school and middle school teachers skipped icebreakers because they assumed the students already knew each other. I would argue that it’s always a good time to do an icebreaker with your students.

Here are some of the best times to do icebreakers:

  • At the beginning of the year to introduce yourself

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  • About the Author:

    Korey Barkley teaches Spanish at Marshall Simonds Middle School in Burlington, Mass. You can find her on Twitter at @KoreyBarkley.