26 Lab Exercise: Team Lead Icebreaker



In this lab exercise you will:

  1. Reflect on individual and team performance for individual, as well as team, performance improvement (IPEC 2011, TT8).
  2. Perform effectively on teams in different team roles in a variety of settings (IPEC, 2011, TT10).


  1. As a team, research and/or create a Team Lead Icebreaker that can illustrate any aspect of interprofessional practice including values and ethics, roles and responsibilities, interprofessional communication, teams and teamwork, and conflict.
  2. Co-write instructions for the activity include/answer the following questions
  • What are the Objective(s)?
    • CO-WRITEN 2 or 3 objective
    • “By participating in this icebreaker, you will…”




  • What is the Title of the icebreaker?




  • What is the Time that it takes to complete the activity?
    • Activities that are completed in 15-20 minutes are recommended.



  • What Supplies needed for multiple peer teams to complete the activity?
    • Team leading the activity will bring the enough supplies to the meeting
    • Examples could be:  tart (shower curtains), newsprint/giant Post-It Notes, scissors, clear tape, scarves (as blindfolds or flags), masking tape/Duct tape, markers, white paper, colored paper, index cards, construction paper, paper clips, safety pins, glue sticks, rubber bands, string/yarn balls, envelopes, and others




  • What is the Setting/special room arrangements?




  • What are the Directions for participants?




  • What are the Directions for activity leaders? 
    • This may include a script




  • What are the Debrief Questions?
    • Offer 3-5 question for debrief and/or discussion
    • The questions should make the connections between the activity and interprofessional practice.




  • What is the Reference in APA format, if appropriate?




RUBRIC:  Team Lead Icebreaker

0-5 Objectives are relevant to the activity and interprofessional practice as a team.
0-5 Time for completion of activity is clearly identified
0-5 Supplies are identified and available at time icebreaker is performed
0-5 Room is suitable for activity and arranged appropriately by the team leading the activity
0-5 Directions for the activity are clear to teams partaking in the activity
0-5 There are 3-5 relevant Debrief questions that connect the activity to interprofessional practice as a team.



Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel.  (2011). Core competencies for interprofessional practice:  Report of an expert panel.  Washington, D.C.:  Interprofessional Education Collaborative


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