Want your students to Mix It Up? Here is a great suggestion from Teaching Tolerance about a lunch-time activity. But I think this is an excellent strategy for getting students to know each other in any classroom. So often, no matter how hard a teacher tries to get all students to interact, kids manage to keep “cliques” together, or ignore the “outsiders.” Maybe deliberately breaking up groups of friends and spreading them out among other groups can help forge new friendships. Oh, the possibilities for after the winter holiday break–sharing their activities in smaller groups instead of in front of the whole class, putting together of list of ideas for the teacher to use as discussion topics, reviewing class rules, debating current events…and the list goes on.
Please share your thoughts.