Instead of starting a class with all the students standing up and talking about themselves, which can be scary to some. Have the students pair up and interview each other and introduce each other to the class as, "This is my friend , Dave Sperling, he lives in California, etc...". Simple enough, but the variations are really fun. Heve the students interview each other and explain to the class the following topics: Their day, Their favorite book and magazine and why, Their favorite food, a memorable vacation, etc... My favorite variation? With an advanced class I tricked them with a simple topic to interview, but when it was time to deliver, I instructed them to FABRICATE fantastic stories about how they met their dear friend. Give a prize to the most outrageous. My favorite? "I met my dear friend were all true friendships are formed..in prison!".
Name: Heinrich H. Beck, Jr.
Location: Smithtown, NY USA
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