The ice-breakers posted on LRNASST sound great! Here is another, one that should be conducted the first day of class, right at the beginning of the class. One of the best ways I have found to "enerize" your classroom is to leave it! Tell students that you are going to leave the classroom for five minutes, and that when you return, you want each student to be able to introduce five classmates to you on a first-name basis. How are they going to do this? That is up to them. Just do it! Then, leave the clas for the allotted time. When you come back, 5 - 10 minutes later, you will find an energy level that is sadly lacking in most of our developmental classrooms. Point this out to your class, and then ask for a volunteer to introduce 5 students. You will almost always get one, two, or three people to volunteer. If you don't, pick out a student who looks as though he/she won't mind "being volunteered." As the students are introduced, repeat their names and welcome them to the class. This activity is a terrific way to jump-start your class and let students know that they will be active learners, that the normal "passive mind-set" that so many of our students bring to class won't work in your class. With no instruction from you on how the students are to learn the names of five others, you have put them on the spot - they have to do it, and they have to figure out how to do it. Some will write the names down, others will commit the names to memory, others will not just give the names of 5 classmates, they will include other information about the people they are introducing. After the introductions, you can then tell students what you are expecting of them for the semester, and, believe me, you will have their attention!