The first day of a course is exciting and anxiety-provoking for everyone. How do you take advantage of that excitement, inspire your students, and reduce anxiety? It’s traditional to begin by discussing course requirements and perhaps even to cut the first class short, but is it a good idea? Does such a beginning tell your students why they should become excited about your course, or why you spend most of your waking hours studying this discipline? Does it tell them about how you teach or how you’ll approach the subject matter? Here are some helpful tips the TRC and other centers have compiled to get your course off to a productive and stimulating start:
- Summer Prep for New Teachers (Chronicle of Higher Education)
- Teaching the First Day(s) of Class (UVa) and Developing Your Teaching Persona (UVa)
- The First Day of Class (SERC Pedagogic Service Project)
- Make the Most of the First Day of Class (Carnegie Mellon)
- Tips for Teaching on the First Day of Class (Washington University-St. Louis)
- After Class Reflection (Bill Jasper Case Studies, part 1 & part 2)
- UVa Faculty Reimbursement Request Form
Learn ways to create engaging learning environments, where student learning is not only possible but highly probable.
- On the Same Wavelength? Clarifying Expectations (UVa)
- Engaging Students from Beginning to End (UVa)
- Seven Principles For Good Practice in Undergraduate Education(Washington Center News)
- Ten Strategies for Making Your Course More Interactive (UVa)
- Active Learning Strategies in Face-to-Face Courses (IDEA Paper)
- Interactive Teaching Methods (SERC Pedagogic Service Project)
- The “Change-Up”: A Good Pitch to Have in Your Teaching Repertoire (UVa)
Creating an Inclusive Classroom
Learn ways to create a comfortable and inclusive environment for students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
Building Rapport & Trust
Learn three ways to build rapport between instructor(s) and students on the first day of class.
- Building Credibility (UVa)
- Building Rapport (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
- Building Trust with Students (UVa)
Learn a variety of techniques for learning students’ names in both small and large class settings.
Troubleshooting Teaching Challenges
Classroom conflicts or heated moments can be one of the most difficult classroom situations to deal with for any instructor. Learn how to prevent and respond to any conflicts that may arise.
Additional UVa-specific Resources and Support