Hi all!  Before explaining the activity below, I wanted to let you know that I’ll be posting from Kigali, Rwanda, for the next month and a half.  I’m conducting dissertation interviews and interning with the National Research Center on Genocide; if you’re interested, you can follow the travels here.  Thanks!


With the start of classes right around the corner, we thought it’d be useful to post a potential activity for the first day.  This activity, human bingo, was developed by some University of Minnesota graduate students and can easily be modified.  Essentially, it’s a good way to get students talking to one another and start creating a positive environment in the classroom.  In addition, the survey attached to the activity allows you to get to know your students right away.  Here you can find a copy of the activity, Human Bingo.

I’ve also asked students to share the most interesting place they’ve been, which has resulted in some fun conversations.  We’d love to hear your first day activities as well!