On the first day of class, students arrive with the same questions: Will this professor be “good” (engaging, approachable, organized)? Will this course be stimulating? Can I see myself succeeding in this course? For instructors, these questions mean that the first day of class offers a unique opportunity that will not come again as students get busier and the workload heavier. In this workshop, we will discuss ways to answer the above questions in a positive, even inspiring way. We can be highly intentional about capturing student interest, building community, priming students to be willing to participate in active learning, and laying out the pathway for success. For better or worse, first day impressions and early practices set a tone that impacts the whole course. This workshop represents one piece of the highly successful CSU student success initiative known as the First Four Weeks.
Goals and Target Audience:
-faculty and GTAs
-Acquire tools and perspectives to optimize the first day of class in your course
-Plan strategies to launch course community and clarify expectations right from the beginning
-Start the conversation with students about how people learn and why active learning is beneficial to them