First impressions matter. Students often arrive to the first day of a college course full of anticipation with some anxiety and many questions, some of
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Setting the Tone in a Virtual Classroom: Using Padlet to Foster Conversations About Classroom Values
In my experience, spontaneous conversations about classroom values can be awkward. Ditto for icebreakers and typical “norm”-setting discussions. Could there be a way to avoid
Regardless of whether you’ve been teaching for 15 years or 15 minutes, how to act and what to do on the first day of class
There’s no discounting the importance of the first day of class. What happens that day sets the tone for the rest of the course. Outlined
I taught my first class in 1992. At the time, I was young, eager to teach, and woefully unprepared to deal with an 8:00 a.m. general education class at a mid-sized regional university. I naively anticipated walking into the classroom, putting down my stuff, and fielding provocative and interesting questions from students about the topics we were about to cover in our Introduction to Psychology course.
The first day of class is critical. What happens on the first day, even in the first moments, sets the tone for the entire course. The impression you make will last the entire semester, and today’s students are not shy about sharing their opinions. Most students will make up their minds about the course and the instructor during that first class period.
There’s only one first day of class. Here are some ideas for taking advantage of opportunities that are not available in the same way on any other day of the course.