Icebreaker: Getting to know people bingo

Goals: To introduce yourself to people you don’t know

and to find out more about people you have met.

Process: Approach a person & find out if they meet one of the criteria in your bingo sheet [see example below].

If so, cross that off wherever it appears on your sheet.

If you have crossed out 5 in a line (vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, call out “Bingo”)

If not, repeat process.

Link to spreadsheet that allows you to insert your own items and generate Bingo sheets, each with a random selection and arrangement of items.

Example of an Icebreaker  Bingo Sheet—Don’t worry if you don’t know what some of the items mean — you get to invent your own.

Please spread the word about the Creative Thinking at Work emphasis in the graduate program in Critical and Creative Thinking.  The Certificate and M.A. can be completed face2face or at a distance.

About Peter J. Taylor
Peter Taylor is a Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston where he teaches and directs undergraduate and graduate programs on critical thinking, reflective practice, and science-in-society. His research and writing focuses on the complexity of environmental and health sciences in their social context, incl. Unruly Complexity: Ecology, Interpretation, Engagement (U. Chicago Press, 2005) and Nature-nurture? No (2014, On reflective practice, see Taking Yourself Seriously: Processes of Research & Engagement (with J. Szteiter, 2012,

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