As I now approach my thirteenth year in education, I still get excited about the possibilities of a new school year. Not ever knowing what the year will bring, I always want to ensure that I get the students engaged from the moment they step in the door. With each new class, the goal is always the same: make their first day unlike any other. To summarize what I do is actually quite difficult. There isn’t really a set activity or prescribed format I follow. But I do have many tricks or “methods to the madness” (as my former students like to call it), that get students excited about the days ahead. In fact, recently a student called my orientation a “brainwashing, but in a good way.” As long as it’s a positive experience, I guess.