Just in a couple of days, we are going to meet our new students. Even if we get our old groups back, we might be surprised to welcome some new students out of the blue. In this case, our first aim will be to get to know everyone and to let our teenagers learn some important facts about each other. Here, we introduce several ideas on how to make your first class hospitable, friendly and cosy for every new boy and girl.
This activity will help students to find a common ground to later use for a basis for further relationships.
- Welcome students to take out every favourite possession they have in their bag. If they don’t have them in the classroom, invite them to describe these things.
- Students work in pairs/small groups (not more than 4 people). They discuss their possessions and find what things they both like. It would be also interesting to find out what things they don’t like. This will add a little more secrecy between the students in a pair/group.