First Day(s) of Class


The way you choose to structure the first day or two of a class sets the tone for the rest of the semester. This section provides multiple methods for getting your classes off to a good start.


General Resources

"Quick Before It Dries: Setting the Pattern for Active Participation from Day One," Steve Adams (University of Minnesota, Duluth).
Many techniques to generate active student participation from the start of class.

"101 Things You Can Do the First Three Weeks of Class," Joyce T. Povlacs (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Teaching and Learning Center).
101 strategies for getting the semester off to a good start by challenging students and building a sense of community in the classroom.

Learning Students' Names (University of Nebraska-Lincoln).
23 methods for learning students' names in classes of all sizes.

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