Think about how you want your students to see you Sets the tone for the semester – are you serious? Are you casual? How much information about you do you want them to have? How do you want to be addressed? Tie your dress into your image
Which picture projects amore professional image?
Any activity or game that can be used to introduce students to each other and the group as a whole They allow students to make connections and build a support system Lighten the mood of the classroom Let you get to know the students (and learn their names!) Don‟t just have to be used in the first day – useful to do every so often throughout semester
Provide your students with individual lists of five characteristics or personality traits Each student must introduce themselves to their neighbhours and record at least one name next to each characteristic/trait Students cannot use the same person for more than one characteristic/trait
Think about them before the first class! Be consistent Try to give students a realistic sense of the workload Be clear about your policies: participation/communication/attendance/et c.
Contact information Office hours and location Syllabus • Due dates • Grading scheme • Late policy • Plagiarism How you present this info can determine how well your students retain it (this goes for assignments as well)
Present your syllabus as a scavenger hunt that challenges students and emphasizes the important points. For example:1. Break into groups2. Read through the syllabus3. Locate the following information: The instructor‟s office hours The grade weight for the Final Portfolio The late policy The title of the primary text book Finish this sentence: “To this end, each of you will be asked to write in multiple genres…”4. All answers are final. The group which can locate each item correctly wins a small prize
FLAT QUESTIONS ENGAGING QUESTIONS Anything with a yes or no Possibility of differing answer answers Planted answers The Three Second Rule Silences students Leads to discussion Unnecessary repetition Reinforces concepts
NERVOUS CONFIDENT Fidgeting Expressive gestures Pacing/rocking Moving with purpose Speaking too quickly Speaking at a measured Stutters (um, uh, etc.) pace Unconscious repetition Deliberate reiteration/re- and/or circling back emphasis of important Avoiding eye contact/fixating points (repeating for a Reading straight from notes purpose) Establish eye contact
Preparation makes a difference • Make a list of points you want to cover • Be familiar with the syllabus • Know your expectations Don„t be afraid to take a breath Make eye contact Be true to your personality – be genuine