What we do on the first day and in the first week of class, greatly determine how success it will be for students and for instructors. Creating a welcoming environment for learning is critical to the learning process. The resources below provide wonderful suggestions for how to make this happen.
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Things You Can Do the First Three Weeks of Class
This article, written by Joyce Povlacs Lunde from the University of Nebraska, provides an amazing range of ideas for how to get your class started.
should I do the first day of class?
Specific ideas and suggestions for what you can do on the first day of class from the Teaching Effectiveness Program at the University of Oregon.
First Day of Class: What Can/Should We Do?
Nine specific suggestions for what you need to do the first day of class from the Instructional Development Program at the University of Oklahoma.
This article was adapted from Great Beginnings: Learning Students' Names from the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Kansas and contains lots of ideas for how to remember student names.