Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Make the Most of the First Day of Class

Taken from: Carnegie Mellon University, Eberly Center

The first day of class always creates some nervousness, even for seasoned instructors. It helps to have a mental checklist of objectives to accomplish so that you and your students come away with the impression that the course is off to a good start.

The first class meeting should serve at least two basic purposes:
  • To clarify all reasonable questions students might have relative to the course objectives, as well as your expectations for their performance in class. As students leave the first meeting, they should believe in your competence to teach the course, be able to predict the nature of your instruction, and know what you will require of them. 
  • To give you an understanding of who is taking your course and what their expectations are. 
These two basic purposes expand into a set of eight concrete objectives... Read more


... Faculty, here is a quick tip video you can share with your students to help them turn in quality work for you!