Design a totem pole – an induction activity

Design a totem pole is a great induction activity which encourages students to share their strengths and characteristics with their new classmates. Inspired by the University of the First Age, the task is summarised on the slide below which can be copied and given to students as ,small cards. 

Additional preparation for this task could be to show students images of totem poles to ensure they know what they look like. Also, the meanings for various images and animals used in totem poles could be given to students, they are readily available online, such as –, or on Pinterest, which can be easily copied.

Summer holiday photo task – an induction activity

Another induction task I am going to use with my Year 7 form is the Summer holidays photo task. Summarised on the slide below, which can be copied as small cards to give to students when setting the activity, the task aims students to share what they have done over the summer and encourages them to talk about themselves and their interests. To start the ball rolling, when setting the activity, you may want to share three of your own Summer holiday photos with your form.

Secret best friend – an induction activity

As a Year 7 form tutor in September, I am looking for effective activities to help this new form bond and work together in an effective manner. Let’s face it, they are going to be together for at least the next five years and will need to accept each other and form positive relationships. A great source of activities and tasks is Molly Potter’s 100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Tutor Time and the Secret Best Friend activity is ideal to help students foster good relationships within the form.

Inspired by Molly’s idea, I have created this slide which explains the Secret Best Friend challenge which I am going to print as small cards and distribute to each student when setting the task. This will be accompanied by a draw where each student will randomly select a name out of the hat to see who their secret best friend is.