Teaching – the first day of class

I’ve had quite a few first days since I taught my first class (last century, cough cough). Regardless, I’ve always reviewed Lang’s How to Teach a Good First Day of Class since it first appeared in the Chronicle a few years ago. It is always updated for the new school year and focuses on four key concepts to help set a productive first impression:

  1. Curiosity
  2. Community
  3. Learning
  4. Expectations
The article is chockfull of good ideas and useful tips that can be skimmed quickly.