First Day of Teaching

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The first day of teaching can set the fundamentals of a classroom dynamic for an entire semester. Setting off the semester on a good tone with reasonable standards and student involvement can go a long way to creating an effective learning environment.

Featured resources:

* First Day of Class – Via Vanderbilt University, a thorough guide on introducing yourself, the class, and your vision to your students. Includes information on creating an inviting environment, introductions, and setting standards.,

* 12 Icebreakers for the College Classroom – From The Ohio State University, a series of suggested icebreakers for a face-to-face classroom. The page also includes several syllabus related icebreakers.

A hand holding a sticker that says "Hello!" with a smiley face.


Icebreakers are a commonly used technique to get to know people and introduce them to new knowledge.