“You’re a Superhero Activity”: Deliver an impressive class opening
First contacts create lasting impressions in your students. Designing and delivering a good opening is one of the most important aspects of the entire learning session. As an instructor you need to promote interest and enthusiasm for the content. Your students will desire more after an opening that incorporates an element of surprise, uses props, or uses a creative activity. In this post, we will walk you through the “You’re a Superhero Activity” for delivering an impressive class opening.
You’re a Superhero
Objectives: To provide an opportunity for students to learn about one another. To provide a transition to the session topic.
Audience: Any group size. This activity is particularly well received by the Gen-X age group.
Time: 15 to 30 minutes (depending on the number of students).
Materials and Equipment:
- A write-on wipe-off (or Dry Erase) reusable Tent Card for each student.
- A mini whiteboard for each student.
- Several different color Dry Erase markers for each student.
Area Setup: Any classroom configuration with tables and chairs.
1. Use this activity as an icebreaker at the beginning of a session.
2. Distribute name cards, mini-whiteboards, and markers to each person.
3. Ask students to imagine what they would be like if they were superheroes.
Spark imagination by asking the following questions:
- What would your superhero name be?
- What special powers would you have?
- What would your costume look like?
- What would your battle cry be?
- Would you have a sidekick?
4. Ask students to write their superhero name on one side of their name card and their first name on the other.
5. Encourage them to draw a sketch of their superhero costume on their mini whiteboard.
6. Have students explain their superhero personas to the class and show their drawings.
7. Tie this theme into the class topic by using a statement like, “ You don’t have to be a superhero to write a SMART objective. We are going to learn how in this class. ”
Have your own superhero persona prepared in advance to use as an example.
If the group size is over 20, consider having the students share their creations in smaller groups rather than with the entire class.