How to start a class is something that I waver back and forth on and I'd actually like some ideas and suggestions on it. I've done a lot of things over the years ranging from the, "Hi everyone, how are you?" to giving students some free-writing time, or things like riddles as a warm-up. They have their various pros and cons, but these days for bigger classes, I'll usually just start with "Hi everyone, this is what we're doing today...." And then I'll go over the plan for the class. This semester, I'm planning to follow that up with attendance and then 2 riddles as a kind of warm-up.
For small classes, I do much the same but I get a bit of banter going on. Banter with big groups of students in Korea usually doesn't work that well so I try to avoid it.
Tips from the readers?