First Days of Class


Goals for First Day of Class: Merlot video case stories:

Making the Most of the First Day of Class, Carnegie Mellon University:

First Day of Class: What Can/Should We Do? L. Dee Fink:


Case, M. et al. (2008) Establishing a comfortable classroom from day one: student perceptions of the reciprocal interview. College Teaching, 56(4), 210-14.

Clement, M. C. (2007). Ten things to make the first day (and the rest) of the semester successful. The Teaching Professor, 21(7), 1-3.

Gaffney, J. D. H., & Whitaker, J. T. (2015). Making the Most of Your First Day of Class. The Physics Teacher, 53(3), 137–139.

Sayre, W. G., & Sayre, N. E. (1999). A Good Beginning. Journal of Chemical Education, 76(5), 621.

Smith, G. (2008) First-day questions for the learner-centered classroom. National Teaching and Learning Forum, 17(5), 1-4. PDF.

Weimer, M. Five Things to do on the First Day of Class. (2013). The Teaching Professor Blog:


Student Engagement Techniques, Elizabeth Barkley, 2010

Teaching What You Don't Know, Theresa Huston, 2009

Tools for Teaching, 2nd ed., Barbara Davis, 2009


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