|By Joe Bouchard|
The following is an installment in "The Bouchard 101", a series featuring "Ice Breaker's" designed to promote training awareness and capabilities in the corrections industry.
Students break up into teams and are asked 11 questions from a previous lecture. The number 11 is chosen to lessen the likelihood of a tie. The beauty of this exercise is that the content is easily harvested from lecture notes.
Lucky 11 can be read as in a quiz show format or placed on a PowerPoint presentation.
What about the incentive? Bragging rights can be the prize. Also, the instructor can allow the winning team captain select a gift from the box of dubious prizes. Candy is also a good incentive.
Lucky 11 serves as a review. Competition to heat things up and enlivens the material. But the nuances of teamwork can also be explored and discussed in a post mortem.
A simple example follows:
Joe Bouchard is a Librarian employed with the Michigan Department of Corrections and a collaborator with The International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP). He is also the author of “IACTP’s Corrections Icebreakers: The Bouchard 101, 2014”. The installments in this series include his opinions. The agency for which he works is not in any way responsible for the content or accuracy of this material, and the views are those of the contributor and not necessarily those of the agency. While some material is influenced by other works, all of the icebreakers have been developed by Joe Bouchard.
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