A great point from the book Voices of Experience: How Teachers Manage Student-Centered ESL Classes by Janet Giannotti:
It should also be noted that some teachers do not use an icebreaker in the first class. Some icebreakers may seem like games, and we don’t want our students to think they enrolled in our class to play games. Instead many teachers use the first class for diagnostic testing and save an icebreaker for the second day.
Interestingly, I also got a similar piece of feedback from one of the ELT greats who kindly gave me some feedback on 50 Activities for the First Day of School. She wrote that she would never do Two Truths and a Lie on the first day, maybe the first week. Perhaps, not everyone enjoys sharing personal information as soon as they walk into a classroom?
How about you? What do you do on the first day of school? What day do you like to do icebreakers?