Conducting a Successful First Day

The beginning of a course can be stressful for both students and instructors. Being well prepared will reduce anxiety and make the first day of class productive and successful. That first day sets the tone for the rest of the semester, so you'll want to introduce the course, outline your expectations, and review the syllabus in detail. Be sure to encourage student feedback and questions. Remember to talk about yourself as well as the course, so that students get to know you. They need to know that you are accessible and willing to help them succeed.

Top 10 Tips for Your First Day of Class
San Francisco State University

“It's a Start”
Rebecca Brent and Richard Felder
North Carolina State University

“Preparing for the First Day: What do the data say?”
Jonathan F. Bassett and P. Marie Nix
Department of Psychology, Lander University

Planning for the First Day of Class
Jack Ullom, 4faculty.org

First Day of Class
Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University

First Day of Class
Center for Instructional Development and Research, University of Washington

10 Ideas for Starting the Quarter
"Teaching Toolbox," Center for Teaching Excellence, University of California, Santa Cruz

The First Day of Class: Advice and Ideas
Community College of Rhode Island

Adjunct Faculty Handbook - First Day of Class
Seattle Pacific University