Students feel awkward when entering a new environment, whether beginning a new school because the student just moved into a new neighborhood, or transitioning from elementary to middle school, or a freshman entering high school. Many students stop attending school, refuse to participate in school activities, and inwardly retreat due to constant hurtful teasing.
Students must feel comfortable attending school; in order to, be fully engaged in the academics and curriculum. New, shy, or students who feel intimidated are paired with mentor leaders, or purposeful grouping of students to break up usual cliques, encouraging students to partner with someone with whom they are not already acquainted. Having an icebreaker day or period would help ease the feelings of isolation. The ice breaker activities would include the use of clickers or smart phones to participate in a variety of activities, such as campus scavenger hunts and other interactive smart phone activities.