The first days of class are the most important of the semester. During this time, the instructor and the students meet and begin getting to know one another. The instructor lays out their expectations and requirements for the course while developing an environment that is conducive to learning. The instructor learns about the unique students in their class, while the students learn how they can be successful in the class, as well as the students learning how they can be successful in the class.
On this web page you will find valuable information and resources to help you get your first days of class off to a great start.
The First Day of Class: A Once-a-Semester Opportunity
How to Start Strong and Authentically with Your Students
Setting the Tone on the First Day of Class with Generative Games, a Kite, and Toast | Podcast
Quick Activities to Prepare and Maintain a Classroom of Care
Building community in hybrid and online learning
Building community at the start of your course
How to Teach a Good First Day of Class
Faculty Focus | First day of Class Articles