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Introverts and Ice Breakers

Oh my… This is me, through and through.
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And when I facilitate a session and ask people to do this, I explain that I can empathize with the introverts. That if it was me, I’d be trying to sneak out to the bathroom or to refill my coffee! One difficult day, I even just told the presenter, I can’t do this right now. 
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BUT, I do explain that there is a reason why I am asking them to please indulge me and participate. We do a SU-HU-PU (stand up, hand up, pair up). I ask everyone to stand up and put their hand up. When I say “Go,” they either high-five, fist pump, elbow bump, or hug each person they encounter. When I say “Stop,” the person they are facing is their partner to discuss a question related to our topic. They do this three times. 
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Here are the reasons:
– Basic warm touch calms cardiovascular stress and triggers oxytocin. 
– We need 8 healthy, respectful, wanted touches a day in order to survive. – Virginia Satir, therapist known as the “Mother of Family Therapy”
– Students who experience healthy, safe, respectful touch are twice as likely to volunteer in class and demonstrated improved performance. – Guéguen, N. (2004). Nonverbal Encouragement of Participation in a Course: the Effect of Touching. Social Psychology of Education, 7, 89.
– Allowing students to share their thoughts with one another and get to know one another serves to create a safer learning environment. According to Dr. Karen Ostermann, a professor at Hofstra University, the more students know about one another, the less likely they are to even think about hurting each other.
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By the end of the discussions, and only 45 minutes into the session, we are primed to feel good, participate, and learn!
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