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Zoom Icebreakers

  • 1.  Zoom Icebreakers

    Posted 08-04-2020 15:51
    Hi All,

    I am looking for icebreakers you have had success with online. They do not necessarily have to be crafted for theater classes. They could work for any kind of group get together. Whattya' got?


    [Jen] [Jordan]
    [Director of Theater and Dance]
    [Junior Class and Day Student Advisor]
    [Miss Hall's School]
    [Pittsfield] [MA]

  • 2.  RE: Zoom Icebreakers

    Posted 08-05-2020 10:24
    Good day one and all. 
    You might check the Library in this Community. Earlier during these sequestered times I posted 11 short Distance Ensemble Experiences which can be used as warmups, cool downs, links to your lessons. 
    I also taught a thirty minute workshop at the VITF. So hopefully you can access those posts. 
    Feel free to tweak what I have given for your needs.  And assign an ensemble experience to your students in small breakout groups to create and teach online. They devise creative ways to build ensemble/ice breakers and provide you lesson plans which are directed by students. I have a Ensemble one-page assignment form which I can share. Reach out for the form.

  • 3.  RE: Zoom Icebreakers

    Posted 08-05-2020 10:30
    Please share

    Jennifer Jordan
    Director of Theater & Dance
    Day Student Advisor
    Junior Class Advisor
    Miss Hall's School

  • 4.  RE: Zoom Icebreakers

    Posted 08-05-2020 11:12
    Hi Jennifer! You can locate the previous content Gai mentioned by using the search function in the blue navigation bar above and typing "distance ensemble experiences." She shared some terrific ideas!

    Ginny Butsch
    Community Engagement Manager
    Educational Theatre Association
    Cincinnati OH

  • 5.  RE: Zoom Icebreakers

    Posted 08-06-2020 11:10
    Hi Gai,
    I'd like to take you up on your offer. Please send me the Ensemble one page assignment.
    Thank you!
    Sonja Brown

    Sonja Brown, Theatre Teacher
    Thespian Troupe 839
    Galt High School

  • 6.  RE: Zoom Icebreakers

    Posted 08-06-2020 11:13
    I don't think my address went through.

    Please send to:

    Sonja Brown, Theatre Teacher
    Thespian Troupe 839
    Galt High School

  • 7.  RE: Zoom Icebreakers

    Posted 08-06-2020 13:36
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    Attached is the Ensemble Experiences Lesson Plan for Students to Create.
    I have used this with middle and high schools students when in person and/or virtual platforms.
    Feel free to tweak to fit your needs.

    Gai Laing Jones

  • 8.  RE: Zoom Icebreakers

    Posted 08-06-2020 16:16
    Thank You Gail!
    I've been looking over your Distance Ensemble Sessions and they're wonderful. I feel a little less apprehensive staring the school year online.

    William Gardiner
    Boston MA

  • 9.  RE: Zoom Icebreakers

    Posted 08-07-2020 17:23
    I went back and found all the icebreakers in these chats...13 entries of them I think. Thank you so much for offering all of these. I'm sure I have some version of them scribbled down in various places around my office but I'm getting organized for September and these will be a great foundation for starting with new students. Thank you again!

    Joan MacLean
    Burnaby BC