I did the "Getting To Know You" activity on my first meeting with 1 Imtiaz, the only Form 1 class that I teach this year. Teachers may download this handout. This activity was carried out between 20 - 25 minutes.
I set and model the following rules to my students:
- Students must introduce their names before asking questions to their classmates. Rationale: To teach students to make friends and ask questions politely.
- Students are only allowed to ask only 2 questions to a classmate. Rationale: To enable students to mingle with as many classmates as possible within the time given.
- Girls must have at least 4 boys' names in their handout and vice versa. Rationale: To get students to mingle with classmates of opposite gender politely.
- Students must ask questions in English. Rationale: To give them opportunity to communicate with their classmates in English. During this activity, I could hear some of my students asked questions in Malay ;<
After the time was up, we discussed the questions as a whole class activity. This allow more opportunities for students to talk about their classmates. Here are the photos while doing the activity: