“I’m going to leave the room. When I come back, you will each need to be able to introduce five of your classmates to me.
"You have five minutes, starting now.”
This is frequently how I start a class at its first meeting of the semester. Sometimes, but not always, I stick my head back in the classroom after a minute or so if I don’t hear robust conversation and yell, “Get talking! You have three more minutes!”
The outcome is predictable. It’s a breath of energy and fun that kicks off the semester in a wonderful way.
But the action itself is certainly not predictable. And that’s part of why it works.
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