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Icebreakers and Energisers

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Icebreakers and Energisers in Teaching

Understanding Icebreakers and Energisers

Icebreakers and energisers are vital tools to foster engagement and energy in teaching sessions.


Icebreakers are used at the start of sessions to help learners feel comfortable and initiate interaction.

  • Require individuals to introduce themselves and engage in a task, easing nerves and creating a positive atmosphere.
  • Provide insights into learner personalities and preferences, aiding in tailoring the session.
  • Should be chosen carefully to avoid embarrassment and match the session's tone.
  • Examples include simple partner introductions or sharing non-threatening personal facts.


Energisers are activities introduced during sessions to reinvigorate learners and maintain engagement.

  • Typically used after breaks to combat post-lunch fatigue and enhance focus.
  • Should relate to the subject matter to reinforce learning objectives.
  • Encourage group interaction and movement to boost alertness and participation.
  • Effective in maintaining attention spans and enhancing retention of knowledge.

Implementing Icebreakers and Energisers

  • Plan a variety of icebreakers and energisers suitable for different sessions and learner dynamics.
  • Adjust the complexity and style based on the familiarity of the group and the subject matter.
  • Monitor learner engagement and adjust activities as needed to sustain interest and energy levels.

By incorporating well-chosen icebreakers and energisers, educators can create dynamic and participatory learning environments.