· Makes everyone feel at ease
· Creates community
· Allows others to get to know each other
· A great introduction for ongoing team builders
· Icebreakers aim not only to break ice but also to warm the atmosphere…therefore, icebreakers may also be referred to as Warm Ups!
· Breaking ice and warming up is not limited to activities at the beginning…activities can be used whenever ice has frozen communication and needs to be made warm again!
Description of a Team Building Exercise
WRS staff can provide the following programs for students (e.g. residence hall houses, fraternities/sororities and student organizations). These programs are facilitated by a member of the professional staff or a Peer Health Educator. Peer Health Educators are UNI students who are trained to design and present health-related programs. In addition, “packet programs” are available for checkout and can be self-led.
The following descriptions are for some very interesting one-hour small group discussion programs that you can facilitate. Just print out the directions and materials and go for it!
For RAs, Senates and other Purveyors of Fun on Campus at UNI
Compiler/Editor: Erica West
Your Community: A Guided Journey
By: Amanda Mesirow
Object: To assist coordinators in visualizing their community.
Time needed: 1 hour or more, depending on how much you have people share about their communities.
Materials needed: Paper/pens
Introduction (can be read by moderator):
Most of us know the most important elements of a community: open doors, programming, involved staff members, etc.
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