Greeting with a Smile
As I personally greet each student at the classroom door, I tell them that I am happy to see them and place a small smiley face sticker on them, indicating that they are my students. I find that this little greeting and moment of recognition helps break the ice on the first day of school. I also have requests for stickers from former students as they pass my door. Perhaps I have started a tradition among my students. This opening day gesture costs less than a dollar and is a good investment for me and my students.