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August 17, 2022

Giving students a survey on the first day? Think about what you are asking, and why

First-day survey responses can yield stepping stones to conversations and modifications with regards to our students and our courses. As instructors, we need to be mindful and thoughtful about the questions we ask, how we ask these questions, and what (if anything) we will do with those responses. 

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December 28, 2021

Getting students to create a course purpose statement

Having students write a course purpose statement at the beginning of a semester provides them an opportunity to articulate why they selected to study this content, what their overall learning goals are, and what they aim to accomplish in this course.

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August 25, 2019

What it means to students when you can pronounce their names – and when you can’t

I don’t think we can over-emphasize the importance of learning student names and the correct pronunciation of their names in our courses. Our introductory-level geoscience classrooms are especially important for recruiting new majors and producing Earth science-literate citizens. If we don’t have a class identity as a supportive and inclusive community for learning and working together, what impact can and will that have for our departments, the discipline, and society as a whole?

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August 27, 2017

Breaking the ice with truths and a lie

Bring the party to the first day of class with this party game to break the ice with and between students

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August 15, 2017

Five items for Fall Semester 2017

Here are five topics on the minds of faculty as we gear up for the start of the Fall 2017 semester. What direction will you go with these issues?

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August 17, 2016

The first day of class – what will you do?

There is no right or wrong way to conduct your first class meeting of the semester – but are you using your time wisely? Explore these ideas for how to kick off the first day and every class day in the academic year.

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January 7, 2015

Ideas for the first day of class

Are you ready for the first day of classes? What is your approach to the first day, and how will you get your students engaged in your course? Here are some resources to get you thinking of ways to kick off your semester…

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