Educator Ice Breaker

Come on, we’ve all done this before. You’re in a crowded room full of people you don’t know and you’re ready to bail out of the nearest exit.

“I will be conducting your new teacher orientation class today. Everyone come. Gather round!” the facilitator moves about the room with excitement to ward off her own sense of uneased consciousness. She grabs her Icebreaker ball and smiles as she is eager to hear about who you are, what makes you unique, and what brings you to her district.

You squirm into the circle with a grimace on your face. You give her eye contact but in an effort to use this as a tactic to get her to do the complete opposite of what she decides to do! Throw you the ball first. Your thumb lands on….

One interesting fact about yourself?

Well let me introduce myself.

  • I am an elementary educator. I just completed year 1 with great success. (Yeah…I just gave my horn a TOOT.)
  • I’m starting my career in what I would like to think is a little late in the game. Truth is, this is my second career. My first love belongs to marketing. I worked for almost a decade at a theme park in my hometown.
  • Growing up I wanted to be a teacher but once I got to college I realized at the time, I didn’t care for children as much as someone that teaches should, or so I thought. That’s right! I didn’t care for them but for some reason at church I was a magnet for them.
  • Marrying my husband, who is a music teacher by the way, is what caused me to revisit my childhood pleasure of playing teacher with my sister, dolls, and imaginary friends. (Oh and the fact that when we married I had to relocate to a town that had a zoo and no theme park probably played a major factor as well!)

Six years happily married, with two kiddos of our very own, and a master’s in elementary education, I’m here! The elevator has made it to the floor. Time feels as though it has stopped. This my friends is my moment. This is my chance to share with you the journey that I began without a major audience or platform besides my closest friends and family.

My thumb could have landed on….

Why now?

PERSONALIZED LEARNING pervaded my first year experience. It came in like a whirlwind and took my classroom by storm. All I had to show for it was red ruby slippers and my dog Todo when the year was over.


Actually it wasn’t that bad. Personalized learning changed my initial approach to teaching and I honestly don’t know what my first year would have been like without the demands that came with it.

I actually walked away in disbelief of my accomplishments and the position my hard work and dedication had placed me in.

I’m sure you’d like to know more but unfortunately my time is up! I told you I am a wife and mommy and (un)fortunately…duty calls!

I hope to see you in the next post. Same time?

Published by personalizedoutfitters

My name is Shaundra Straughter. I am an educator, wife, mother, minister, author, and public speaker. I have been blessed by God with many talents but one purpose. I enjoy coaching and motivating others to success, whether it's in my profession of education or spiritually. I believe that we all have a purpose on this journey and some of us tap into our purpose sooner than others. Wherever you are in your walk, I'd like to encourage you to either get started or keep going! Whatever you do, DON’T GIVE UP!

8 thoughts on “Educator Ice Breaker

  1. I love your introduction!! I always have that gut wrenching feeling of not being the one to speak first, but always end up doing so. I also had no idea that you wanted to be a teacher when we were younger. See, I’ve learned something new today lol 😆

  2. Hey! I can definitely relate to your post! When it comes to ice breakers, I sit back and tend to shy away. Great post! Looking forward to more 🎊

    1. I’m very outspoken but I hate going first! This blog is going to help me with that along with other things I pray. Thanks for commenting be sure to follow so that you can keep up with the latest post.

  3. You should write a book! this was very engaging. I honestly read it as your friend and you voluntold me to but i’m actually looking forward to the next! You left the audience wanting to know more!

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