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The First Day of Class

The First Day of Class

This is a chapter from the book Tools for Teaching by Barbara Gross Davis; Jossey-Bass Publishers: San Francisco, 1993. As suggested here, "The first day of class sets the tone for the rest of the term. It is natural for both students and instructors to feel anticipation, excitement, anxiety, and uncertainty. To pique students' interest and anticipation, convey your enthusiasm for the material and stimulate students' curiosity about topics that will be covered during the term. To reduce students' anxiety and uncertainty, try to create a relaxed, open classroom environment conducive to inquiry and participation, and let students know what you will expect from them and what they can expect from you and the course." The author's suggestions include: Taking Care of Administrative Tasks, Creating a Positive Classroom Environment, and Setting Course Expectations and Standards.


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