Hey folks, As I will soon be entering my first year as a paid teacher, I realized that the one thing I'm the most unprepared for will be the first thing I face: The first day of school. I'll be teaching 5 sections of freshman English this year, and I've been trying to come up with some ideas for an activity for the first day. The main problem is that most of my ideas had been predicated on the 45 minute class. My new school has a block schedule, so I will have my new students for 82 minutes on that first day. I'd love to hear from both teachers (at any level) and students on their first day of the year experiences. Teachers, what has worked the best for you? What types of activities do you do and what do you get out of them? Students, what types of activities do you like to do on the first day of the year? What activities do you absolutely HATE. Any input would be greatly appreciated!