Friday, September 4, 2009


Purpose:  To get your students talking and learning more about each other and building a foundation for deeper conversations.



1)  Prepare you room by placing the chairs in clusters of 2, 3, 4, etc… depending on the size of your group.

2)  Have a stopwatch or some other device for keeping time.

3)  Prepare a series of short questions for the group to answer.

4)  Assign each chair a number value equal to the number of chairs in each group.

5)  Number sheets of paper with the same number values of chairs and groups of chairs.  I you have 6 groups of chairs with 3 chairs in each group you will need 6 stacks of paper numbered from 1 – 3.



1)  As the students enter the room, give each one a slip of paper with a number and ask them to find a chair with the corresponding number.  (You will need to determine whether it would be best to split up your normal groups.  It would probably be best to leave visitors with someone they know.)

2)  Give one person in the group a list of the questions prepared before hand or put them on the big screen for everyone to see.

3)  Have the person in the #1 chair begin. Explain that each person will have one minute to answer as many questions in the chosen category as possible.


Possible Questions

Skipped school?
Been lost?
Swam in the ocean?
Been on the opposite side of the country?
Cried yourself to sleep?
Played cops and Robbers or Cowboys and Indians?
Gone to another country?
Sang karaoke?
Been on a plane?
Paid for a meal with coins only?
Done something you told yourself you wouldn't?
Made prank phone calls?
Laughed until some sort of beverage came out of your nose?
Caught a snowflake on your tongue?
Baked a turkey?
Written a letter to Santa Claus?
Watched the sun rise on the East Coast?
Watched the sunset on the West Coast?
Sat outside in the rain?
Lived one of your dreams?
Eaten just cookies for dinner?
Been on TV?
Stolen traffic signs?

What is your:
Birth order?
Dream home?

What is your favorite:
Vacation spot?
TV show?
Body wash?
Time of day?

How do you:
See yourself in 10 years?
React to rude people?
Get to school?
Like you steak cooked?
Spend time with your parents?
Greet your friends?


Be creative when you make up your list of questions for students to answer.  We would love for you to share them with us in the comment section.

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