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This is a good ice-breaker for the first or second day of class full of students who are too shy to particapate or talk in class. I write everyones names on seperate sheets of paper, crumple them up into balls and hand them out at random to the students, so that each student will have a sheet with the name of another. I have the students clear out a place in the room and in the middle put a really small trashcan, box, etc and have the students throw the paper balls at it. The names that make it into the box have to come up, sing, dance, etc etc, just to try and get them more comfortable in front of the class. The students really enjoy having the chance of making their peers go up and participate instead of going themselves and it makes for a more open and relaxed atmosphere.

Jishou, China

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