If you think you are nervous the first day of class, imagine how students feel. Before delving into the syllabus and class logistics, it may be well worth it to break the ice. Helping students get to know you and the class is an important first step to making them feel valued and safe.
This activity helps the class to get to know each other, as well as feel valued and safe.
After everyone has shared, ask students to think about common threads in their stories and/or what they have learned about the class members over all.
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