For the first day of classes in April (the Japanese academic year starts then), teachers need a nice idea to relax the students, break the ice, and help everyone get to know each other. From talking with a colleague about how Kit Kat has taken to community service; giving people inspirational messages; how you can write your own or put your name on them; a new teaching idea evolved. If you have a stationary/research budget, you can do this.
- Before class get bags of Kit Kats
- Write the names of each student in your class on each Kit Kat wrapper as shown.
- First, practice a typical small talk or get to know you activity.
- Tell your class you’ll hand out Kit Kats, but do not eat them, do not open them, do not give them to anyone else. Just wait.
- Then in class, randomly distribute the Kit Kats so there’s one per student, but not their own.
- Demonstrate how to find the owner, what to say, and how to transition to small talk, and a short small talk demo.
- Then say, find the owner of the Kit Kat, and say “Here’s a little present for you”, and then they are to get to know each other a little. Then change, so that they have another chance to receive their own Kit Kat. Otherwise, find a new partner and get to know them, too.