So I've had to change my first week of school about 30 times (mostly because I don't know the ways of the school yet). But after talking to a few teachers, I kind of get the jist. Before I begin, I will be teaching 6th grade math. The first day is enrolling students, that is signing their card and them signing yours. I was told this usually take the entire class period. So for those who are waiting, I have a survey and also some math review work that will get them into gear. Also, to better assist me in this day, I plan to sit students alphabetically (put their name on the smart board so that they are able to find their seats). No ideal, but it'll make the signing go faster. The second day is continue enrolling students. However, I do not want the students to sit alphabetically. I plan to give them all note cards with numbers that direct them to their numbered desk. This will be my seating chart for the first quarter or so. They had homework, so we'll check homework and go over rules and routines. The third day, more enrolling, rules and routines, and check homework. I was told it was important to get them working on math asap. For Thursday and Friday, I plan on finish up rules and routines and working a bit more on math. I will introduce their "semi-" interactive notebook the next week and we will work on that. HOLD ON! ICE BREAKERS?! WHERE ARE MY ICE BREAKERS!? I believe in order to have a great classroom culture, ice breakers and team building activities are needed. But it seems that my first two weeks are "booked" with other activities. I feel like waiting 3 weeks to finally do ice breakers is rubbish. I would love to do them the first day, but enrolling students comes first (same with day 3). I think ice breakers could happen on day 3, pushing back some of the math content. Honestly, I feel like I am pushing too hard on math at the very beginning. But this is what was told to me that would work. But me, as a first year teacher, I want to work on classroom management and spent a lot of time on rules and classroom culture. TL;DR When is a good time to do ice breakers? Is waiting a few days too long?