50 Activities for the First Day of School


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About the Author

As a teacher I am a teacher and materials writer from Connecticut. I fell in love with teaching English in the Peace Corps in Vanuatu, an island chain in the South Pacific which was the basis for Bali Ha'i in South Pacific. I had the most amazing class of Francophone Melanesian students who were working to complete their high school degrees. They inspired me and led me to love teaching. Since then I've worked around the world and taught a diverse range of students from Russian oil executives who needed to improve their English for business, to Kazakh scholarship recipients off to study in American universities, to Afghani high school students on the FLEX exchange program and middle-school children taking an extra-curricular speaking class. As a writer I began selling lesson plans and activities on my blog in 2007. There appeared to be an actual and growing demand for my work. So I began seeking out some small professional gigs, mostly helping fellow teachers develop lessons for their classes. My school began using me for more and more lesson plan development and editing. After winning a few lesson plan contests, I came to the attention of the Nick Robinson Agency and was very successful there. I continue to work with Nick and ELTJam, as well as independently. I publish my own books and lesson plans, write for publishers, copy-edit, and design activities and lesson plans for language schools, including online lessons as well as face to face classes. Clients for writing and editing have included Oxford University Press, Macmillan, Pearson, Compass Publishing, 2LTI Testing and New Horizons Language Schools. Since 2015, I have been part of the leadership team of the Materials Writing Interest Section of the TESOL Association, the international association for English language professionals.


This is a first-class guide, with icebreakers, warm-ups, and activities for building a cohesive class. A valuable resource for any classroom teacher's shelf. --Dorothy Zemach, author and teacher trainer Walton Burns has created a compact treasure that teachers will value no matter how many years they have already been in the field. These simple, but engaging activities will not only break the ice with a new group of students, but they will also facilitate the important task of rapport building beyond Day 1. -Jennifer Lebedev, English With Jennifer This is a must have guide not only for day one, but for so many other bonding activities throughout the year! - Ann Goldfinger, ESL tutor & public school teacher