We are pleased to introduce you to Julia Gabor and Jeffrey Jordan, Breakfast Club Bloggers and Meet the Authors contributors. You can meet Julia and Jeffrey and buy a signed copy of their book kid-grit: THE BOOK at the BOOST Conference in Palm Springs, CA, May 1 & 2 at Booth 301 in the Exhibit Hall. Enjoy their Breakfast Club blog below!
We strongly believe in a few holistic approaches to youth development. Using ice breakers to break down barriers and help build their toolbox towards resiliency is one philosophy. Below are three tips to help you build up your students.
The Check-In: Get a pulse check of how your kids are doing when they come into your classroom
Light and Dark
- Light: Have students share a success, small win, or something positive that happened. Dark: Have students share a challenge they experienced or something they can use more support with.
- Give students 30 seconds to a few minutes to sit silently and reflect on their light and dark. Then give students 5-10 minutes to jot down ideas on a piece of paper.
- In a circle, ask students to share only if they want to.
Decompress: Give students a chance to get centered and breathe in order to be productive during program.
Ground them with a ‘Mindful Minute’
- Ask students to stand up and breathe. Say “Plant your feet and find a neutral stance.”
- Say “Tune in to your body. Lower your gaze. Scan your body and notice physical sensations or emotions. Let go of any negative sensations, emotions or feelings on the out breath.”
- Say “Notice your surroundings. Lift your eyes and take in the environment. Find something that is pleasant and be grateful for it and its beauty.”
- Bring the students back to neutral. Ask them how they feel following that quick mindful activity.
Connect: Give students the opportunity to learn and appreciate differences in one another and then also find similarities. This builds tolerance and empathy.
Find ice breakers that encourage cultural diversity. Have students work with new friends, mix up the groups, let them see and experience new people to expand their horizons.
- Any icebreaker that has students working in teams, where they collaborate, think critically and creatively will help them develop skills that build tolerance and natural empathy for each other.
- Google ‘Cultural Diversity Ice Breakers’ for additional ideas.
For breakfast, we eat greek yogurt with sweet berries and honey, coffee and connection.