underdawg wrote:Are you guys fucking serious? Icebreakers?
If they do that I wouldn't freak out about it too much. Seriously, is it going to matter that much? Are people going to be wondering about your canoeing in upstate New York come exam time?
Lemme back up for a second. I have a very sadistic pleasure from ice breakers, and a lot of that stems from forcing them upon students when I taught high school theatre (and to a lesser extent, high school English). You're going to get two large groups of students: those who try and look way too cool to participate because they're uncomfortable and those who get petrified in front of people and lie or do stupid things because they think they're boring and want to seem interesting.
When done well, they can be a really good way to create a positive (maybe even fun?!?!) environment...but my usual experience (pardon my post teaching cynicism here) is that there are too many people who think they're above icebreakers or feel they have to out do everyone else that they just end up creating tension.
Of course...this tension is useful. You learn who your leaders are. You learn who your followers are. But is it really a big deal? Well, if you're told to pass an orange from mouth to mouth and you're allergic to oranges and the person who's passing it to you has herpes...