For teachers, it's that time of year again when the holidays are almost over and thoughts inevitably (if somewhat reluctantly!) turn back to teaching. Students too will be joining new classes, or even new schools. Many teachers will already have a selection tried and tested activities to help them get to know their new students, but if you're looking for something a bit different, check out Walton Burns' 50 Activities for the First Day of School, which may be the only collection of first day activities that is specifically targeted at ELT teachers. You'll find a lot of 'icebreakers' and warm-up activities, but also fun ways to introduce the rules, or do creative needs analysis. The book includes clear instructions and a lot of variations, so it's suitable for both novice and more experienced teachers. See here for a list of contents and some sample activities.
A mix of old classics and new ideas make this a very useful collection of activities, which will provide plenty of ideas and inspiration for teachers wondering how to approach that all-important first class.
Check out Walton's website, where you can find lots of other useful resources.