First Day of Class

First Day of Class

“Student impressions formed during the first day of class can impact course satisfaction and performance.”

A. Kelly Lane, et.al., “Making a First Impression: Exploring What Instructors Do and Say on the First Day of Introductory STEM Courses,” CBE-Life Sciences Education (Vol. 20, No.1), 2021.

Easy to Use Checklists:

The Four Principles, from James M. Lang (See full article below, “How to Teach a Good First Day of Class: Advice Guide.”)

Resources:

Angelo, T. A., and Cross, K. P. Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers(2nd ed.) San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1993.

Davis, Barbara Gross. “The First Day of Class,” Tools for Teaching. University of California, Berkeley. Jossey-Bass Publishers: San Francisco, 1993.

Design and Teach a Course: Make the Most of the First Day of Class,” Eberly Center, Carnegie Mellon. Accessed February 22, 2022.

Harvey, Ashley. “7 Strategies for the Emotional Labor of Teaching,” Point Loma Nazarene University Faculty Workshop Presentation. February 23, 2022. (Video)

Hermann, Anthony D. and David A. Foster. “Fostering Approachability and Classroom Participation During the First Day of Class,” Active Learning in Higher Education, Sage Publications. 2008.

Ideas to Create a Welcoming, Engaging and Inclusive Classroom,” Center for Excellence in Teaching, Iowa State University. Accessed February 22, 2022.

Lane, A. Kelly, et.al. “Making a First Impression: Exploring What Instructors Do and Say on the First Day of Introductory STEM Courses,” CBE-Life Sciences Education, (Vol. 20, No.1), 2021.

Lang, James M. “How to Teach a Good First Day of Class: Advice Guide,” The Chronicle of Higher Education. Accessed March 10, 2022.

Smith, Gary. “First-Day Questions for the Learner-Centered Classroom,” The National Teaching and Learning Forum, (Vo. 17, No. 5), 2008.

Soisson, Annie. “First Impressions Are Lasting Impressions: The First Day of Class,” Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at Tufts University, March 20, 2017.

Weimer, Maryellen. “The First Day of Class: A Once-A-Semester Opportunity,” Faculty Focus. August 21, 2018.