Most OWL classes start with a mix of greetings, at level warm up questions, clapping, cheering and of course vocabulary review. However, have you considered beginning class with some reflection? breathing? mindfulness training? A fellow bootcamp participant begins his classes everyday with this mantra:
For all of you non Spanish OWLers here is your translation:
You are my other self .
If I harm you,
I harm myself.
If I love and respect you,
I love and respect myself.
WOW! Talk about a community builder! Could you or would you use this? How else do you effectively begin class?