Starting Strong on Day One

As you prepare for the first day of class, here are some helpful resources:

First Day of Class Activities that Create a Climate for Learning. What I like about many of the simple suggestions on this list is that they encourage students to think about their own role in the learning process. Having your students articulate what works – and doesn’t work – for them not only helps you, but also helps the students become more self-aware learners.

Chris Clark from the University of Notre Dame’s Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning has a blog post about get-to-know-you surveys for the first day of class. In addition to the general course overview questions (“What do you hope to learn?”), the blog post also contains an extensive list of course-related topics about which you might ask your students (career direction, volunteer work, heroes, life experience relevant to class, etc.). Getting to know your students need not be formulaic! If you decide you’d like to take Chris’ advice and use Google Forms, the Koehler Center has a Google Forms tutorial, complete with directions for embedding this in your LearningStudio course shell.

Last, we’d like to draw your attention to the TCU syllabus template, The Koehler Center workshop and open lab schedule, and our Pearson LearningStudio tutorials and videos.

Have a great first day!

Stay tuned for upcoming blog posts about resolutions for the first day of class, student technology use, and scheduling office hours. Are there other topics you’d like to hear about? Let us know!

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